Flying Eagles Sweat On Injured Yahaya

The Flying Eagles are sweating on the fitness of star forward Musa Yahaya, who is nursing a knee injury he suffered in a warm-up match in Ghana.
The Tottenham Hotspur youth star is expected to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury he received when he was dangerously tackled in the Flying Eagles second friendly against Ghana on Wednesday.
The injury forced him out of the match in the 39th minute. U-17 world champion Yahaya, who scored in the Flying Eagles first match against the Black Satellites, did not join the rest of the squad at the gym at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja Friday morning.
The other injury worry for the Nigeria U20 team is central defender Zaharadeen Bello.
Bello has been nursing a calf injury and as a result he did not feature in the second friendly against Ghana in Tema, which the Flying Eagles won 2-0.
“We will review their cases and see what can be done promptly,” disclosed Flying Eagles doctor Ozi Salami.
Meanwhile, Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has maintained his team still need to work on some weaknesses they noticed during two test matches against Ghana this week.
The Nigeria U-20 team beat their hosts 2-0 in the second friendly on Wednesday after both teams drew 2-2 in the first game on Monday.
“We hope to be ready when we have picked the final squad of 21 players for the African Youth Championship and have worked on some of the grey areas we noticed in Ghana,” said Manu.
“We therefore hope to soon begin our training camp in Gambia so we could concentrate on some of the lapses we saw in the team.”
The Flying Eagles returned to Abuja from Ghana on Thursday.
“Overall, the two matches were a good test for us and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) must again be given the credit for this,” Manu said.
The Nigeria youth team are drawn in a tough Group A along with hosts Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Congo.
The 2015 African Youth Championship kicks off on 8 March in Dakar, with the Flying Eagles tackling hosts Senegal, who have been training at the Aspire Academy in Qatar for several months, in the opening game.


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