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Alampasu, Chidera lead Flying Eagles to Dakar


GOALKEEPER of the UAE 2013 FIFA Under-13 World Cup team, Dele Alampasu and one of the stars of the championship, Chidera Eze, are among the former Golden Eaglets in the Flying Eagles team to the African Youth Championship, which kicks off this weekend in Senegal.

  The Nigerian Under-20 team will depart for Senegal Wednesday.

  Other players in the Dakar-bound team are Joshua Enaholo and Olorunleke Ojo (goalkeepers), Captain Musa Muhamed, who was also in the UAE 2013 team, Zaharadeen Bello, Izu Omego, Mustapha Abdullahi, Samuel Okon and Abdulganiyu Saheed, all defenders.

  The midfielders in the squad are Ifeanyi Matthew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Akinjide Idowu, Obinna Nwobodo, Bernard Bulbwa and Abdullahi Alfa, while UAE 2013 striking sensation, Taiwo Awoniyi, joins Christian Pyagbara, Abdullahi Ibrahim Alhassan ‘Muazam’, Usman Hassan, and Wasiu Jimoh on the trip to Dakar.

  According to Flying Eagles secretary, Aliyu Ibrahim Awal, the team will fly out of Abuja via Lagos and Banjul, Gambia, to Dakar.

  He said: “We will leave Abuja on Wednesday afternoon on our way to Dakar,” adding, the team will begin their quest for the 2015 AYC on Sunday against hosts Senegal.

  The match kicks off time by 5.30 p.m. Nigerian time at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar.

 Awal revealed that the Flying Eagles will also take on Congo on March 11 and Cote d’Ivoire on March 14, adding that the final group game against the Ivoirians will be played at the Stade Caroline Faye in M’bour, which is a short bus ride from Dakar and the base for Group B. 

  The four semifinalists at this tournament will represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup to be staged in New Zealand from May.


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