NIGERIA’S Under-17 national football team, Golden Eaglets, arrived in Dubai Tuesday and immediately began their final preparation for the FIFA Cadet Championship slated for the United Arab Emirates.
The Golden Eaglets are on a two- week camping in Dubai, which would see them working to perfect their game before the kick off of the competition on October 17.
On arrival in Dubai, Head coach, Manu Garba, said there was no time to waste since the kickoff of the 15th edition of the global cadet competition is fast approaching, adding that it was important for the players to shake off jet lag occasioned by their travelling from Calabar to Lagos on Monday before embarking on another seven-hour nonstop flight from Lagos to Dubai.
According to the team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, all the 25 players trained yesterday evening at the Higher Colleges of Technology, located within the Dubai Academic City under a fine weather condition of 29°c with good visibility throughout the duration of about two hours training that started 4:30pm local time (1:30pm Nigerian time).
He quoted Garba as saying: “It is good we started today. This is important because we had our last training session on Saturday morning in Calabar; so it’s good we start conditioning ourselves to our new environment.”
The Golden Eaglets are expected to train twice daily with variations as occasion demands before their departure to the city of Al-Ain, which is about one hour and 30 minutes from Dubai by flight for their preliminary group matches against Mexico and Iraq on October 19 and 22. The team’s last match against Sweden would take place in Dubai on October 25.
The team was received on arrival in Dubai by the Nigerian Ambassador to the UAE, Ibrahim Auwalu.