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F’Eagles steps up World Cup preparation

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 2:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

African champion, Flying Eagles, has stepped up preparations for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Flying Eagles during a training section

Flying Eagles during a training section

Thirty players trained Monday morning at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja as the players’ battle for places in the final 21-man squad for the World Cup intensifies.

Only Enyimba midfielder, Kingsley Sokari, was missing after he featured for his club in a league match on Sunday against Kano Pillars.

The team will train twice a day till Friday, according to Coach Garba Manu, who insisted that all squad places for the World Cup are up for grabs.

Officials said the four Europe-based players will join the squad at their training camp in Germany next month.

The players are Wilfred Ndidi (Genk, Belgium), Moses Simon (Gent, Belgium), Isaac Success (Granada, Spain) and Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England).

Flying Eagles is drawn in a first round group that has Brazil, Hungary and North Korea.

The team begins its campaign on June 1 against Brazil in New Plymouth.

Meanwhile, Captain of the Flying Eagles, Musa Mohammed, who reportedly absconded from the camp of the Under-23, is presently training with the U-20.

Musa, according to handlers of the U-23, left the camp without consent ahead of its all important second leg game in the All Africa games qualifier against Zambia in Lusaka.

Flying Eagles team sources revealed there was confusion as to why the player left the team camp as he has his own story which is different from the one told by the handlers of the team.

However, doubts still persists if he travelled out as he was among the earliest to arrive for the team camp when they resumed training for preparations for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Linked with several European teams, the FC Hart full back reportedly will make a move after the World cup after he failed to secure visa to travel to where he was suppose to sign a pre contract.

In the past, Besiktas was rumoured to have been favourite for his signature but latest reports indicates teams from the German Bundesliga and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria is also keen for his services.