Eguavoen to integrate U20s in Olympic set up


Nigeria’s Olympic football team coach, Austin Eguavoen has revealed that he has plans to integrate some players from the just concluded World Youth Championship, U20 side into his U-23 side for the pre Olympic qualifying championship in Cairo, Egypt.

The Former Super Eagles gaffer also disclosed that he has opened discussions with coaches in the Nigerian league to recommend players as he begins preparation for the Eight Nations qualifier for the London 2012 Olympics.

“As you know time is not our friend, I have already pencilled players from the Flying Eagles squad and engaged top coaches in the country to recommend players from their clubs. I would also be at the Teslim Balogun stadium to watch the Federation Cup final to see some fresh legs.

“Emmanuel Anyanwu, Oneji Otekpa both of Enyimba, Osas Okoro of Heartland, Femi Thomas and Saka Ayo of Ocean Boys will all be in action and it’s a good opportunity for me to reassess their fitness,” Cerezo added.

Eguavoen stressed that his planned visit to some clubs in Europe was to seek and speak with club directors on the possible release of players for the November championship.

“My planned visit to some clubs in Europe is to seek audience with the clubs sporting directors to intimate them on the importance of the championship to Nigeria; with a view to releasing players.

“I cannot say for now how many clubs I intend to visit but I will make good use of the available days,” He said.

The U23s will begin camping on 2nd October in Abuja with the second and final Phase of camping to hold from 7- 20th November in either Turkey or Portugal while the team will depart for Cairo on the 22nd of November.

The draws for the Maiden edition of the CAF 8 Nations Olympic qualifier championship holds on Saturday in Cairo.

Hosts Egypt, Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa are the eight participating countries.

The teams will be put in two groups of four with the first three teams getting automatic tickets to London 2012 while the fourth team will engage an Asian side in a playoff next year.
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