The Flying Eagles on Sunday flew into Calabar, capital of Cross River State after playing a series of friendlies in Abuja, the Nigeria Football Federation announced.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke led a group of 25 players and three officials into the city, as the Nigeria U-20s intensify preparations for next weekend’s 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Young Swallows of Burundi.
Calabar is hosting the return leg match on Saturday, after the Flying Eagles pipped the Young Swallows 1-0 in Bujumbura two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup bronze ball winner Samuel Chukwueze has continued in fine form in friendly matches ahead of the clash.
Just two days after his brace helped the Flying Eagles demolish Nigeria National League side, Shekarau Babes FC, in a friendly match played on the artificial pitch of the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, the winger was again at his best, netting twice in the second half as Eagles saw off Amakson Football Academy 3-0 in another friendly match at the weekend at the same venue.
Another winger, Orji Okonkwo, added the third and final goal, just as he did against Shekarau Babes when he scored the fifth and final goal of the match to see off the Kano-based Nigeria National League side.
The UJ Esuene Stadium, which has played host to several Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets’ international matches over the past few years, will host this weekend’s clash between the Flying Eagles and the Young Swallows. The winner on aggregate will reach the final round of the qualification series for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, where Sudan will be the opposition.