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    We have not got into our groove yet, says Flying Eagles coach

We have not got into our groove yet, says Flying Eagles coach

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, has admitted his team are not yet at their best despite the 4-0 bashing of North Korea to get their U-20 World Cup campaign in New Zealand back on track. Two goals from Godwin Saviour and one each from Kingsley Sokari and Isaac Success condemned North Korea to their second defeat and Nigeria’s first after the [...]

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    Flying Eagles trounce North Korea 4-0

Flying Eagles trounce North Korea 4-0

Flying Eagles got their FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign back on a good footing on Thursday with a 4-0 defeat over North Korea in New Plymouth. It took a spirited second-half display after a tight first-half which saw both sides fighting for their life in the competition. The Korean side, which were stoic in the first half went to pieces after the [...]

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    Ugbade: We lost ‘complete concentration’

Ugbade: We lost ‘complete concentration’

Flying Eagles assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade, blames a loss in concentration to the team’s 4-2 defeat against Brazil. The Eagles’ campaign in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup got off to a shaky start after the heavy loss to the five-time champions Brazil in early hours of Monday. But Ugbade blames the capitulation on a loss in concentration from his players. “It was [...]

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    Flying Eagles fail to fly against Brazil

Flying Eagles fail to fly against Brazil

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria started their 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign with a 4-2 loss to Brazil at the Taranaki Stadium in New Plymouth, New Zealand. The two sides put on an exciting display of counter-attacking football before Brazil eventually triumphed. It took Brazil just four minutes to take the lead after defender Joao Pedro pushed forward and found space [...]

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    To New Zealand to conquer

To New Zealand to conquer

If everything fits well, expectations of a glorious outing hit feverish level; Nigeria could be the team on everyone’s lips in New Zealand. Never has there been so much faith on a group of boys who have found, perhaps, for the first time, an inexplicable joy and satisfaction of playing for Manu Garba, a coach whose knack for strict camp discipline [...]

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    Will 11 prove a ‘master number’ for the Flying Eagles?

Will 11 prove a ‘master number’ for the Flying Eagles?

This is not Numerology 101 class. But number 11, which is a Master Number in Numerology, comes into play for Nigeria and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. As Flying Eagles begin their campaign against five-time champions Brazil in New Zealand, they will aim to win the coveted trophy after 10 attempts. The closest they came to lifting the cup was in 1989 and [...]

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    It is either the cup or nothing, says Flying Eagles coach

It is either the cup or nothing, says Flying Eagles coach

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, insists his team will make history by becoming the first Nigerian side to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The Flying Eagles won silver medals at the 1989 and 2005 tournaments, but Garba expects the current team to go a step further in New Zealand. ”It is either the cup or nothing else for Nigeria,” he said. “There [...]

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    Iheanacho: Brazil’s 5 world cups will not count when we meet

Iheanacho: Brazil’s 5 world cups will not count when we meet

Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, is not in awe over Brazil’s pedigree in FIFA U-20 World Cup championships, saying the Flying Eagles hope to beat them in New Zealand. The African champions are in the same group with the five-time winners Brazil, North Korea and Hungary in the first round. They play Brazil in their first match on Monday afternoon at [...]

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    Flying Eagles land in New Zealand after 25-hour flight

Flying Eagles land in New Zealand after 25-hour flight

The Flying Eagles have finally arrived in New Zealand ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals after a trip across three continents spanning more than 25 hours. The African champions started out at the Frankfurt Airport on Sunday night for a six-and-a-half-hour flight on Emirates to Dubai. After a three-hour stopover, they then headed to Melbourne, Australia. The flight lasted over [...]

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    Iheanacho can replace Lampard at City, says Flying Eagles coach

Iheanacho can replace Lampard at City, says Flying Eagles coach

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, says Kelechi Iheanacho can replace Frank Lampard at Manchester City because of their similar traits. Lampard signed off for City in perfect fashion after scoring on his final appearance in English football. The former Chelsea player scored his side's first goal as they wrapped up their Premier League campaign with a sixth successive victory, beating Southampton [...]

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    Iheanacho scores brace for City against United

Iheanacho scores brace for City against United

Flying Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, made a statement of intent ahead the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand after he scored a brace to help Manchester City U-21 beat rivals Manchester United 3-1. Iheanacho levelled the scoreline in the 55th minute after turning his marker before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. He later put the game beyond the reach [...]

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    My defenders do not recover in good time, says Flying Eagles coach

My defenders do not recover in good time, says Flying Eagles coach

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, admits he still has a lot of work to do on the team’s defence ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Despite conceding just three goals in their three warm-up games in Germany, Garba is not entirely satisfied with the marking abilities and the recovery rate of his back four. But he hopes to [...]

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    Iheanacho made Flying Eagles team on merit, says coach

Iheanacho made Flying Eagles team on merit, says coach

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, has disclosed that he picked Kelechi Iheanacho and other foreign-based players on merit and not because they play outside the country. The Manchester City starlet as well as Spain-based Success Isaac and Belgium-based forward Moses Simon  made Garba’s 21-man list of players who will wear the nation’s colours at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup finals [...]

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    Flying Eagles wrap up German tour with another convincing win

Flying Eagles wrap up German tour with another convincing win

Nigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, defeated the U-23 team of Freiburg 4-1 in their last friendly match to round off their tour of Germany. Goals from Alhassan Ibrahim, Saviour Godwin, Ifeanyi Matthew and Usman Sale condemned Freiburg to defeat and made it three wins in three games for the Manu Garba-tutored side ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in [...]

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    We’re ready to take on the world, says Flying Eagles captain

We’re ready to take on the world, says Flying Eagles captain

Flying Eagles captain, Musa Muhammed, can’t wait to “take on the world” when the FIFA U-20 World Cup begins on May 30th in New Zealand. The African champions are currently in Germany perfecting their strategies ahead of the championship. The team has played two tune-up games which they won impressively scoring 10 goals and conceding two. They will meet Freiburg U-23 in [...]

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    Flying Eagles pummel Nurnberg in tune-up game

Flying Eagles pummel Nurnberg in tune-up game

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria defeated Nurnberg’s U-23 side 5-0 to continue their impressive form ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Taiwo Awoniyi can’t stop scoring as his goals gave the team a 2-0 lead. The striker has now bagged five goals in two games after his hat-trick against Hoffeinheim in their first match helped his side to a 5-2 [...]

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