After two sessions at the Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola Stadium, the Golden Eaglets have settled down in Abeokuta ahead of their Under-17 African Championship qualifier against Congo DR this weekend.
The NFF had picked Abeokuta for the game due to
the on-going renovation work at the U. J Esuene Stadium in Calabar and the team was whisked to the rock city in a seamless transition from Lagos upon their arrival from Kinshasa on Monday.
Now staying at the Intercontinental Suites, they had a brief session Monday evening to shake off jet lag after about 12-hour flight from Kinshasa via Nairobi to Lagos and resumed their routine training only on Tuesday.
“We have no problem playing here in Abeokuta in spite of the fact that our fans in Calabar would miss us,” said Prince Udofia, the team coordinator.
“In fact, we are gratefully to the Ogun State Football Association led by Alhaji Ganiu Majekodunmi who has ensured that all is well since our arrival here.”
Meanwhile, Abeokuta is home coming of sort for Golden Eaglets’ goalkeeper, Akpan Udoh.
Though hails from South-South in Akwa Ibom, Udoh has lived mostly in Ogun State-precisely in Ijebu-Remo. The former Under-13 goaltender attached to Remo Football Academy was one of the lads picked by Uplift Team- a project by Mrs. Mrs. Olufunso Amosun – to tour Udinese last year.
“I’m happy to come back to Abeokuta particularly with the National Under-17 team,” said Udoh who was a silver medal winner for Ogun State at the 2013 chief of Naval Staff Cup.” We are looking forward to a good game against Congo DR. and we are therefore, calling on the fans to come and cheer us on Saturday.”