Eaglet begins screening in Abuja

Thursday 27 March 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets, will on Thursday in Abuja begin screening for new players. 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have finalised arrangements for the smooth take-off of the usually gruelling exercise at the practice pitch of the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Site. 

Team administrator, Tayo Egbaiyelo, informed that players would be called up in batches in order to create an enabling environment for the coaches to pick the best players. 

Speaking ahead of the exercise, Golden Eaglets' coach Emmanuel Amuneke said he has combed the nooks and crannies of the country in the last one month to fish out some raw talents. 

The first batch of 35 players is due in camp on Wednesday in order to commence the screening on Thursday. 

More than 4000 players took part in similar exercise before the 2013 World Cup-winning team was assembled by coach Manu Garba, who was assisted by new man in charge Emmanuel Amuneke. 

The 1994 Africa Football Footballer of the year Amuneke is being assisted by Emeka Amadi(goalkeepers' trainer) in the U-17.

The 2015 CAN Under-17 Championship will be held in Niger. 

Golden Eaglets are already drawn bye into the second round of the CAN Cadet Championship by CAF and would meet the winners of the first round tie between Burundi and Congo DR with the first leg scheduled for July 18-20 while the reverse fixture will be held between August 1-3.

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