Nigeria’s U-23 team will camp in Ibadan ahead of the team’s Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against their Tanzanian counterparts this month.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development secured the camping base for the U-23 men national team a statement from the Nigerian Football Federation revealed.
Camping and prosecution of qualifying campaigns and tournaments of the U-23 men and women teams for the Olympic Games and the African Games fall within the ambit of the Youth and Sports Development Ministry, but President of NFF, Ibrahim Gusau on Friday commended the Ministry for securing the camp as it will aid the preparation of the Olympic Eagles for their qualifying campaign.
Tanzania will host the first leg of the fixture in the weekend of October 21 to 23, with the return leg due in Nigeria on Saturday, October 29. The NFF has already scheduled the return leg for the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
Head Coach Salisu Yusuf has invited 32 players who will resume camping in the Oyo State capital this weekend.
Nigeria won the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal in 2015, and then went ahead to win the bronze medal at the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament in Brazil the following year. However, the class of 2019 failed to reach the knockout rounds in Egypt and thus could not earn a slot at the Olympics in Tokyo last year.
Nigeria won gold at the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament in Atlanta, USA in 1996 and followed up with silver in Beijing, China 12 years later.