“We have been following up on the release of the foreign pros called up for the African Youth Championship and so far the signals have been very encouraging,” said team secretary Auwal Aliyu Ibrahim.
“For instance, Musa Yahaya is off to Malaysia for an invitational tournament with the Spurs youth team and he has called to say he will join us as soon as he returns.
“Chidera Eze has also assured he will come in before the January 15 deadline set by the coach for all overseas-based players to report to the training camp in Kaduna.”
Sweden-based Taiwo Awoniyi and Musa Muhammed are so far the only pros now training with the African Youth Championship-bound squad.
The other foreign pros called up include Moses Simon, Kingsley Madu, Isaac Success, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali.
Meanwhile, the team led by coach Manu Garba will open 2015 with an endurance drill in the morning of New Year’s day.
“We will begin 2015 with hard work,” said Flying Eagles assistant coach Nduka Ugbade.
“There is still a lot of work to be done before our first match at the AYC and so we cannot afford to relax even for a day.
“All celebrations therefore have to be put on hold until we have met some of our targets.
“Our New Year’s day will be when we would have qualified for the World Cup in New Zealand.”