The Nation’s Under 20 team Flying Eagles returned to the country after pulling a draw against Mauritania last Sunday, but it has now been revealed that the team would have hit Nouakchott without kits but for the intervention of the Chris Giwa led Nigeria Football Federation,National Daily gathered.
An impeccable source told Sportinglife.ng that it was discovered that there were no kits in the store of the Glass House forcing the new board barely three weeks in office to go shopping for kits for the Paul Aigbogun led team to avoid national embarrassment.
It is further understood that the Nike contract which the senior national team, the Super Eagles enjoyed ahead of the just ended World cup in Russia, did not cover other national teams.
“The flying Eagles were set to depart and it was noticed that there were no kits in the store, so the new board had to quickly buy kits for the team before departure,” the source informed.
But for the timely intervention the nation would have witnessed a re-enactment of the scenario few years back when the national team players were forced to cut their trousers to honour a match because the national jersey was left behind.
Abubakar Ibrahim grabbed Flying Eagles goal in the seventh minute of the match at the Stade Olympique, but the celebration in the Junior Eagles camp lasted only for four minutes before the hosts grabbed the equalizer.
The Team will be hoping to consolidate in the return leg billed for Saturday July 21 at the Agege Township stadium. Coach of the team Paul Aigbogun who doubles as coach of CAF Confederation Cup campaigners Enyimba, remained optimistic that the team will post a better result at the home ground of premier league side MFM, otherwise dubbed the Temple.
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