Nigeria face Botswana, DR Congo and Tanzania in group A of the football event at the African Youth Games, Gaborone 2014, which holds between May 22nd and May 31st in Botswana.
According to fixtures released by organizers, Nigeria will trade tackles with U-15 team from host Botswana on May 22nd before battling DRC and Tanzania on 25th and 27th respectively.
Group B comprises Mali, South Africa and Swaziland, while the fourth team, Gabon, has withdrawn from the event.
The two top teams to emerge from the groups will proceed to the semifinals, while the final of the event will be played at the Botswana National Stadium on May 31st.
Meanwhile, the Honorable Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has assured the Nigeria U-15 national team of government support, while also urging them to make the country proud at the games.
The assurance came as the minister led a delegation of top sports administrators and NSC Directors which included the Director General of the National Sports Commission, NSC, Honorable Gbenga Elegbeleye and Secretary General of the NOC, Mr Tunde Popoola to visit the camp of the U-15 Boys at the Package B of the National Stadium Abuja.
“You should redouble your efforts to win gold and bring honor to the country so that I can lead you to Mr. President and you know when the president shakes your hand, other things will follow.”
On his part, the Director General, National Sports Commission, NSC, Honorable Gbenga Elegbeleye, promised to enroll the team for the Dana football tournament coming up later in the year in Denmark, if they emerge victorious in Gaborone.
“We will continue to support and expose this team to international matches, our plan is to enroll you for the Dana football tournament in Denmark if you win gold in Botswana.”
The national U-15 team secretary, Wale Adeyinka, who responded on behalf of the team assured the dignitaries of a good outing.
“We wish to thank you sir for your visit, it will really boost our morale and I can assure you that our target is to bring home the football gold.”
The National U-15 team have played several test matches including,a 4-1 win over Dream Land football academy, Abia state, 7-1 victory over Kuso Boys, Kaduna, 7-0 win against Samba Boys, Jos, 2-1 win versus Starlight Academy, Kano. The Danladi Nasidi led side had earlier defeated the Super Falcons 1-0, AB Football Academy Jos, 9-0 and Hearts Academy Kano, 2-1, all matches were played at the FIFA Goal Project Center of the Abuja National Stadium in Abuja.