Yahaya, Eze Promise To Meet January 15 Deadline

Musa_Yahaya1Tottenham Hotspur youngster, Musa Yahaya and FC Porto’s Chidera Eze, have promised to be with the Flying Eagles squad by the January 15 deadline given to them.

“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.”

Porto Lists Flying Eagles Star In Pre-Season Squad

eze_aycFlying Eagles striker, Chidera Eze, will play no part in Nigeria’s African Youth Champions (AYC) qualifier against Lesotho, as he was named in the pre-season squad of FC Porto.

The teenage striker has recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the previous qualifier against Tanzania, but has been allowed by the Manu Garba-led technical crew to fight for a place in the first team of FC Porto in the coming season.

“Eze is ruled out of the qualifiers against Lesotho as he will be involved with his club in pre-season training,” disclosed a team official.

Nigeria host Lesotho on August 16 in a first leg clash, while the return encounter will take place two weeks later in Maseru.