Rain­storm forces shift of Ea­glets, Ar­gentina friendly

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Or­ga­niz­ers the much an­tic­i­pated in­ter­na­tional friendly be­tween the Nige­ria U-17 squad, Golden Ea­glets and their Ar­gen­tine coun­ter­parts yesterday called off the match at the last minute due to in­clement weather con­di­tions.

Tem­per­a­ture dropped dras­ti­cally in the early hours

of of yesterday in Buenos Aires and rain­storm, ac­cord­ing to weather re­port, was be­ing ex­pected later in the day, forc­ing a post­pone­ment of the game till to­day.

The friendly be­tween the two FIFA U-17 World Cup­bound teams is still ex­pected to take place bar­ring any other force ma­jeure at the ear­lier stip­u­lated time of 3:30pm (7:30pm Nige­rian time) and at the same venue - the Ar­gentina Football As­so­ci­a­tion (AFA) Train­ing Cen­tre at Ezeiza, which is about one hour away by road from the Golden Ea­glets’ camp at Buenos Aires Football lo­cated in Tigre on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal.

Golden Ea­glets Head Coach, Em­manuel Amuneke, how­ever re­it­er­ated that the choice of Buenos Aires as the team’s pre-World cup camp­ing site was good since it would help the play­ers to ad­just to the weather con­di­tion which is sim­i­lar to that of Chile.

“We have to re­main fo­cused. Grad­u­ally, the boys are get­ting used to the cold weather which they were not used to be­fore now,” Amuneke told thenff.com.

“Now, they have to for­get about the sunny weather back home and I’m happy they are ad­just­ing well though it was ini­tially dif­fi­cult for some of them when we ar­rived on Fri­day.”

God­win Aguda of Rangers con­tests for the ball against David Ayeni of Kwara United dur­ing their league match re­cently. PHOTO LMC

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