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Flying Eagles Camp Opens Monday; Ladan Bosso In Charge

The training camp for Nigeria's Under-20 outfit aka the Flying Eagles is set to open in the FCT Abuja on Monday 11 April as the CAF regional competition commences next month.

The coach currently assigned to the team, controversial Ladan Bosso, is reported to have submitted his list of invited players to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Rumour has it that he has already been training in secret with several of these players before his official appointment as their coach.

Bosso, who has twice coached the Flying Eagles without tangible success, will have to use the time he he trained some of the players privately and less than four weeks to fully prime the whole team for a major tournament. It will serve as qualifiers for the Under-20 African Nations Cup to be held in Egypt early next year.

This biennial tournament, which also serves as the qualification for the Total Energies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (as stated above) , will get the organisation's activities underway for this year.

It will be held in the capital Niamey from May 7 to May 20, 2022.

Title holders Ghana will compete with rivals Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo and hosts Niger for the coveted trophy.

In December 2020, the Junior Eagles under this same Bosso failed to go past the sub-regional qualifiers in Benin Republic from a group that had Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Bosso, to be fair to him, organised the team very well on that occasion as they played an acceptable brand of football. They were unfortunately let down largely by poor pitch and poor officiating.

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