Ahead of their Africa U-20 qualifiers with their counterparts from Burundi, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria have stepped up their preparations as the date for the tie draws closer.
Africa’s defending champion at U-20 level, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria will trade tackles with Burundi in 19 days time and in a bid to knock the players into the required level of fitness for the game, Coach Emmanuel Amuneke now holds two training sessions.
The team usually have their first session around 6:30am and the second one in the evening by 4:00pm ahead of the clash which will go a long way in determining if Nigeria will qualify for the defence of her trophy in the 2017 Africa Youth Championship to be hosted by Zambia.
Owngoalnigeria.com correspondent who follows the team training routine reports that the team presently have 31 players in camp with central defence the area where the coaches have more options.
Presently they have eight centre backs in the team mostly from players who were knocked off by the MRI scan last time out at U-17 level and some few discovered during the screening exercise held in Abuja.
Burundi will host the first leg on the 21st of May while Nigeria while the return leg will take place in Nigeria on the 11th of June 2014.