Saturday, July 14, 2012

Benin FA troubles scrap Flying Eagles, Squirrels match

Internal wranglings within the Beninoise Football Federation that
generated a court injunction has led to the cancellation of Sunday’s
international friendly match between the U-20 Men’s Team of Nigeria,
Flying Eagles and the Young Squirrels of that country.

The Flying Eagles, reigning champions of Africa, were on their way to
Lagos for the game when the Nigeria Football Federation received
information that the Beninoise team would no longer be able to travel
as a result of a court injunction against the sitting administration
in the FBF.

“It is unfortunate. The technical crew and players of the Flying
Eagles already had their minds set on the match and were fully focused
to gain something out of it. We had mobilized for the team’s movement
and accommodation and other logistics in Lagos, before the unfortunate
information from FBF, “ said NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa

Amadu said the NFF will arrange more matches for the Flying Eagles
before their 2013 African Youth Championship qualifier against
Tanzania in Dar es Salaam in a fortnight.

“We want the team to be well-prepared for the fixture and a number of
Premier League clubs could be drafted in to give them quality friendly
matches. We are working hard on that.”

Also on Friday, the Tanzania Football Federation confirmed that the
2013 African Youth Championship qualifying match between the Young
Taifa Stars and the Flying Eagles in Dar es Salaam on July 29 will be
played on natural grass pitch.

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