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Garba upbeat as Golden Eaglets depart for Korea

Monday, 7 November 2016


Ahead of their departure to Korea for the 2016 U19 Suwon Continental Cup tournament, the Golden Eaglets over the weekend secured an identical 4-1 win over Jay-1 Soccer Academy of Abuja and Unity Football Academy of Kaduna respectively.

On Friday at the NFF\FIFA Goal Project Pitch, Usman Babalolo led the Eaglets' rout against Jay-1 with a first half goal while the trio of Ishaq Abdulrasak, Igoh Ogbu and Stanley Kanu also got on the score –sheet in the second stanza; with Osas Abiye scoring the consolatory goal for the visitors.

In the second match at the same venue on Saturday, Babalolo and Kanu continued with their rich vein of form with first half goals against Unity Academy. Bolaji Oyeti and Aminu Abubakar also got on the score –sheet for Eaglets with Hamza Ishaq being the scorer for Unity.

Head Coach Manu Garba (OON) described the performance of his wards satisfactory, adding that the two matches have put them in good spirit for the four-nation tournament to be held in the City of Suwon.

"The most important thing is to get the players in a competitive mood with the two friendly matches and their response was good despite some lapses," noted Garba, who incidentally was assistant coach as the Golden Eaglets class of 2007 finished second at the Korea Invitational Tournament before they later won the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007.

A team of 22 players and accompany officials of the Golden Eaglets will depart Nigeria through Murtala Muhammed Airport aboard Qatar Airways on Monday, 7th November for Korea Republic.

The Eaglets are scheduled to take on their counterparts from England on Wednesday, 9th November, play Iran the following day and tackle the host team on Saturday, 12th November.
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