By Richard Jideaka, Abuja: A 27-man Flying Eagles delegation left Abuja on Thursday for Sudan en-route Addis Ababa for the first leg of their final qualifiers of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
The team led by NFF executive committee member Ibrahim Musa Gusau made up of 18 players and nine officials left at about midday.
The team will travel in batches to Khartoum, with the first set made up of the players and head coach Emmanuel Amuneke left Addis Ababa Thursday night while the second batch made up of mostly officials will join Friday
Speaking as the team departed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Amuneke stated that they are aware of the stiff opposition they would encounter in Sudan but that he is confident of getting a result because the boys have trained so hard to get victory.
"We know they have players from their country's top club sides El Merriekh and we are very prepared for them. We have the quality to get a good result in Khartoum and make the second leg a mere formality in two weeks time" Amuneke told Completesportsnigeria.com.
The match earlier scheduled for Friday has been rescheduled for Sunday in Khartoum .
The second leg Africa will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos, officials have revealed.