All is now set for Sunday’s AFCON Under-20 Nations Cup qualifier between the Sudanese National Under-20 team and Nigeria’s Flying Eagles.
The seven time African champions arrived Sudan late on Friday but found just enough time to train under floodlight on the artificial pitch beside the Sudan Football Federation premises.
Friday warm up routine lasted for just one hour but it afforded the players an opportunity to loosen up from the jet lag after a long journey that saw the team had a brief stop over in Addis Ababa before connecting another flight to Khartoum.
On Saturday, the Flying Eagles had their first feel of the very bumpy Almerreikh stadium owned by the popular Almerreikh Football Club of Sudan. The poorly marked pitch has been left unattended for, till Friday when groundsmen were summoned to work. Their effort did little to fine-tune the playing surface of the forty thousand capacity stadium.
The Flying Eagles again trained for one hour, starting from 8pm Sudanese time that is 6pm Nigeria time.
Saturday’s session focused on ball work, passing drills and shooting from range.
The match with Sudan will kick off at 8pm Sudanese time on Sunday with the Flying Eagles dressed in an all white outfit while Sudan will be on their traditional all red jersey.