SPORT Fly­ing Ea­gles off to Khar­toum

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee

@shagcy The Fly­ing Ea­gles will de­part the Nnamdi Azikiwe Air­port, Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Air­ways flight on Wed­nes­day on their way to Khar­toum for a 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fy­ing match against their Su­danese coun­ter­parts.

Coach Em­manuel Amuneke, while ad­dress­ing the boys on Saturday morn­ing af­ter their 8-0 thrash­ing of Oyah Sports FC of Suleja in a friendly, de­scribed the match in Su­dan as ‘the mother of all bat­tles’ and warned that the team must main­tain high level of dis­ci­pline and fo­cus to sur­mount the fi­nal hur­dle.

“Let me first con­grat­u­late you for the per­for­mance to­day. I am im­pressed with your ap­proach to the game from start to fin­ish. I hope we all re­alise the enor­mity of the task ahead, as we must re­main fo­cused and dis­ci­plined to achieve our aim of pick­ing one of the seven tick­ets to the con­ti­nen­tal soc­cer show­piece,” he said.

In the ab­sence of for­ward Vic­tor Osimhen, who has just re­turned to training af­ter in­jury, Orji Okonkwo has con­tin­ued to fill the void, bang­ing in two against the U-23 Ea­gles and three on Saturday against the Suleja-based Na­tion­wide League side.

ABS FC of Ilorin for­ward Ke­hinde Ayinde has also discovered his scor­ing form. The pe­tit striker scored two as the Fly­ing Ea­gles thrashed Amak­son Academy 4-1 on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and added an­other two on Saturday to take his tally to four in two matches. Left back Umar John­son scored his first goal for the Fly­ing Ea­gles and cel­e­brated with team-mates, while sec­ond half sub­sti­tutes Sa­muel Chuk­wueze and Kelechi Nwakali com­pleted the rout to make it 8-0 in favour of the Fly­ing Ea­gles.

The Em­manuel Amuneke-tu­tored side has played over twenty friendly matches since start­ing it’s camp­ing in Abuja on 9th April, draw­ing only two and los­ing none.

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