Former Golden Eaglets stars, Abubakar Aliyu, Akinjide Idowu and others have explained the reasons behind their resumption to the camp of the Flying Eagles earlier than expected.
The Nigeria’s U17 cadet side ruled the world late last year in the United Arab Emirates after they lifted the world title for the fourth time on Asian side. But few months after their impressive display in the Far East some of the players in that team have received invitation to the U20 national team by their ex-boss in the Eaglets’ days, Manu Garba who had been promoted to the Flying Eagles.
With qualifiers for the African Youth Championship (AYC) lurking around the corner, Abubakar Aliyu who is relishing the prospect of reuniting with his ex-team mates has told SportingLife that his service to his fatherland comes first in his scale of preference.
He said most of his colleagues invited for the encounter and few others that were not called up are still billed to show up to ensure that the Flying Eagles have their best players at their disposal ahead of the qualifiers for the AYC slated for Senegal next March.
“I’m in the camp already and most of my colleagues in the Golden Eaglets are already here too. We must put Nigeria first in all we do and this is the reason sacrificed other things so as to help our nation. I’m thrilled at this fresh prospect to be in this good team. I won’t misuse the opportunity at all,” an elated Aliyu told SportingLife.
By virtue of placing third at the last AYC hosted by Algeria last year, the Flying Eagles were drawn by alongside some top nations in the continent to move straight to the second round where they are billed to trade tackles with the winner of Rwanda and Tanzania tie, billed for next month. Nigeria will face either of the two teams in the second round in May with the first leg at away in the weekend of 9-11 May before the second leg tie in Nigeria a fortnight later.
( Courtesy The Nation……..Source……Our Sport Freelance Contributor in Lagos )