The Flying Eagles of Nigeria, seven-time African champions, will play two friendly matches against their Zambian opponents in the Nigerian capital as part of the buildup to this year’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations.
Following a request letter from the Nigerian Football Federation on January 13 and prompt approval from the Football Association of Zambia, the tour has now been completed.
Adrian Kashala, the general secretary of FAZ, stated that the Zambian football governing body was in favor of the plan in a letter dated January 14, 2023.
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The Junior Chipolopolo will be flown to Nigeria as part of the proposed trip, and the NFF would pay for the Zambian delegation’s lodging, meals, and other logistical needs.
The two games will be played on January 27th and January 30th, 2023, respectively.
Free-scoring Since returning to training following the holiday break, the Flying Eagles have scored a total of 10 goals in two friendlies, the most recent of which was a 5-1 thrashing of Galadima FC on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Flying Eagles, who won the WAFU B U20 Championship in Niger Republic in May 2022, have been drawn to compete in Group A of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations, which runs from February 19 to March 11, this year, against Egypt, Senegal, and Mozambique.
2017 Africa U20 Cup of Nations champions Zambia advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Korea Republic before falling to Italy in Suwon after extra time.
Zambia will compete in Group C in Egypt alongside Tunisia, The Gambia, and Benin Republic, while Group B in Egypt has Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Congo.
All four Egyptian semifinalists will be eligible to represent Africa in the 23rd FIFA U20 World Cup finals, which will take place in Indonesia from May 20 to June 11 of this year.