The Under-17 national team of Botswana will arrive in Nigeria today for a two-match friendly with Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets.
Both matches, which take place at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, will happen on March 2 and 4 respectively.
The Nigeria Football Federation has organised the games as part of the Golden Eaglets’ final phase preparation for the African U-17 Championship taking place in Morocco from April 13 to 27.
Manu Garba’s boys are unbeaten in 20 friendly and competitive matches since coming on stream last year, and swept into the African U-17 finals by winning all six qualifying matches, scoring 21 goals and conceding only one.
In contrast, Botswana’s cadets only squeezed past Malawi, Rwanda and Algeria to reach the eight-nation finals.
Prior to their qualifying race last year, the Eaglets played a similar two-leg friendly against the Rwandan Under-17 team, also in Calabar, both of which they won comfortably.
The Eaglets will depart from Nigeria for Qatar on March 13 for a four-week final preparatory programme ahead of the continental tournament in Morocco. They will be availed of the exquisite training facilities at the world-renowned Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Doha.
Nigeria take on Ghana, Ivory Coast and debutants Congo Brazzaville in Group B of the African U-17 Championship in Morocco.