The Flying Eagles open camp for the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifiers have been abuzz with activities as coach Manu Garba expresses satisfaction with the prompt arrival of invited players while leaving the door ajar for prospective ones within the same age range.
About 53 players took part in the first screening exercise on Monday.
Coach Garba, who was recently ratified as the coach of Nigeria’s U-20 side, had on Friday invited 35 players for the camp located at the FIFA Technical Centre, in the Abuja National Stadium Complex.
Warri Wolves striker Oghenekaro Etebo, who was on club duty against Union Douala in Cameroon at the weekend, and Afeez Aremu , who was in action for COD Lagos in a league game on Sunday, are the only two players yet to report at the camp.
“However, Etebo Oghenekaro of Warri Wolves FC and Hafeez Aremu of City of David (COD) FC of Lagos are yet to join the camp.
“They were in action for their various clubs at the weekend in the CAF Confederation Cup and Nigeria National League (NNL) respectively, and will hopefully be joining us on Tuesday,” Garba said.
The 33 invited players were joined by about 20 other prospects, who were tried out by the team’s technical crew.
Coach Garba further stressed that he hope to “beef up” the recently promoted under-17 players, with some impressive new names, after losing few of his 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup-winning players to European clubs.
Nigeria will face winners of the preliminary round fixture between Kenya and Tanzania in the second round of the AYC qualifying series in May.
The continental championship is slated for Senegal in March 2015