U20 AFCON: Flying Eagles To Play Saudi Arabia

The Under 20 National Team, Flying Eagles, will play their Saudi Arabian counterparts in an international friendly ahead of next month’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic.

According to a press release from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), arrangements are in top gear for the seven-time African champions to fly out of Nigeria this weekend for the game billed for Tuesday, 22nd January in Jeddah.

Tuesday’s match will rekindle memories of the opening match of the 1989 FIFA U20 World Cup finals, in which the Flying Eagles came from behind to defeat the Saudis 2-1 inside the King Fahd International Stadium on 16th February 1989.

Al Suraiti had put the Saudis in front after 16 minutes but Mutiu Adepoju and Christopher Ohenhen got second-half goals that earned Nigeria the victory. The Flying Eagles eventually finished the tournament as runners-up, after losing the final match 0-2 to Portugal.

Flying Eagles Coach Paul Aigbogun is expected to travel to Jeddah with the final squad for the U20 AFCON, where Nigeria have been drawn in Group A against host nation Niger, South Africa and Burundi.