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The Under-17 national team of Botswana will arrive in Nigeria on Friday for a two-match friendly with Nigeria's Under-17 national team

Posted: 28 February 2013 Time: 17:58

The Under-17 national team of Botswana will arrive in Nigeria on Friday for a two-match friendly with Nigeria's Under-17 national team.

Both matches, which take place at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar will happen on March 2 and March 4.

The Nigeria Football Federation has organized the games as part of the Golden Eaglets' final phase preparation for the African U-17 Championship taking place in Morocco between 13–27 April.

Manu Garba's boys are unbeaten in 20 friendly and competitive matches since coming on stream last year, and swept into the African U-17 finals by winning all six qualifying matches, scoring 21 goals and conceding only one.

In contrast, Botswana's cadets only squeezed past Malawi, Rwanda and Algeria to reach the eight-nation finals.

Prior to their qualifying race last year, the Eaglets played a similar two-leg friendly against the Rwandan Under-17 Team, also in Calabar, both of which they won comfortably.

The Eaglets will fly out of the country to Qatar on March 13, for a four-week final preparatory programme ahead of the continental showpiece in Morocco. They will be availed of the exquisite training facilities at the world-renowned Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, Doha.

Nigeria take on Ghana, Ivory Coast and debutants Congo Brazzaville in Group B of the African U-17 Championship in Morocco.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:21 pm
i wish the team good luck and success in the championship...
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 07:18 pm
I feel pity for Botswana because this Nigerians will use over-aged players during the tournament
posted: 08:49 pm
wish Bots team all the best
posted: 01:43 am
@Cosa Nostra(5Families)... Please grow up....
Cosa Nostra (5Families)
posted: 09:46 am
@Vineyardposted: 01:43 am | Report @Cosa Nostra(5Families)... Please grow up....
Stop drinking palm wine and face the truth
posted: 09:50 am
How can you Colin Udoh say Congo Brazzaville are dubants. You forget it was the same Congo Brazzaville that eliminated Nigeria to qualify for the African U-17 Championship 2yrs ago? They later played in the U-17 WC. This is your profession you should know more than I do.
posted: 12:30 pm
England scouts urged to check on Sporting Lisbon speedster Tiago Ilori
Submitted by on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:12
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Sporting Lisbon whizkid Tiago Ilori is exciting staff - and should be doing the same at the English FA.

Ilori, who came close to signing for Toulouse in January, has just broken the sprint records of Manchester United winger Nani and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo while they were with the club.

The teen played in the same Sporting B team as Eric Dier and Bruma which won the national title last season.

Ilori qualifies for England through his English father.

This is an article from If Nigeria will not approach this very fast and talented defender, England will step in and convince him. We are African champions, lets act like champions, get in there and take what we want. Keshi please approach this player. He just turned 20 and is the starting Center Back for Portugal U- 20 and plays Right Back for Sporting Lisbon. Slyman
posted: 09:17 pm
@ Costa Nostra, just as nigeria used over aged players in AFCON right? why don't you accept the fact that your country is beneath us in every departrment of the round leather game? If it hurts you so much, I suggest you go hug a transformer.
posted: 12:06 am
@cosa, jealousy is not good
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