Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets on Friday arrived in Buenos Aries for their pre-World Cup training camp aboard an Emirates Airline’s B777-300 flight from Dubai, the Nigeria Football Association have announced.
An NFF press release made available to Completesportsnigeria.com revealed that a contingent of 25 players and 10 officials including NFF’s Assistant Director (Technical) Siji Lagunju, had earlier departed from Abuja on Thursday with the same airline on flight EK-786. They later left Dubai (the city where Golden Eaglets’ class of 2013 had their training camp before winning a historic fourth title for Nigeria in the same country) in the early hours of Friday for Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) en route Buenos Aires.
On the ground in Buenos Aires to receive the team were officials of Nigeria Embassy led by Mr. Elekwachi Ndubuisi and Mrs. Felicia Ezeorah as well as NFF FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon, who informed that all arrangement had been put in place for the team’s smooth preparation ahead of the World Cup to be held between October 17 and November 8 in Chile.
Pachon told thenff.com that the Golden Eaglets, who won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013, will engage Argentina’s U-17 team in a friendly match on October 6 and will on October 11 feature against the U-20 team of either Racing FC or Boca Juniors before departing for Santiago.
Golden Eaglets head coach Emmanuel Amuneke had on Thursday before
departure announced a strong squad of 25 players for the trip, including team captain Kelechi Nwakali along with nine others who were in the squad that secured the team’s ticket for the World Cup at the last Africa U-17 Nations Cup in Niger.
Meanwhile, the Eaglets have begun training at the Buenos Aires Futbol ground, a facility privately owned by former
Argentine international, Matias Almeyda, tucked away at San Roque in Tigre on the outskirts of the capital city of Argentina.
According to Amuneke, the facility in BAF is similar to what was obtainable at the Papendal Sports Centre in Holland that was used by the Super Eagles in the 1990s during the era of Dutch coach, Clemens Westerhof. Though not as gigantic as Papendal in Arnhem, BAF has about seven training pitches with state of the art gymnasium, swimming pool and other adjunct facilities good for camping.
“This facility is good since it is out of town and would allow for maximum concentration throughout our camping here ahead of the World Cup,” Amuneke admitted.
Meanwhile, the weather condition in Buenos Aires is chilly with temperature oscillating between 8 and 15 degrees centigrade – same weather in Chile with most South American countries nearing the winter season.
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