Nigeria’s Flying Eagles are in Cotonou, Benin Republic where they are scheduled to play an African Youth Championship qualifier friendly match against Benin Republic, Sunday, April 4.
The friendly match will be played at the Stade Rene Pleven Cotonou 2 by 4pm.
It was the same venue both teams played out a 1-1 draw two years ago.
The Special Adviser to the NFF president, Patrick Pascal, has warned the Flying Eagles to expect a physical challenge from the host after he accompanied the Golden Eaglets to the WAFU B U-17 Championship where the country’s U-17 team defeated Nigeria.
“They will not take this game as a friendly and they will most likely line-up big and strong players like it was the case against us in Togo,” warned the ex-international.
The home team had earlier planned to camp the Flying Eagles in Porto Novo, where they are also training, and both teams would then make the hour-long bus ride to Cotonou on match day.
However, Coach Manu Garba was against this arrangement and the Flying Eagles were booked into Bresilia Hotel, which is a five-minute drive from the match venue.
The Nigeria U-20s could not train on Saturday evening as hoped because a league game was being played at the match venue.
They hope they could now shake up fatigue with an early Sunday morning session.
Both teams are using this match to prepare for this weekend’s AYC qualifiers.
Nigeria will be away to Tanzania, while Benin battle Congo also away from home.