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Aremu joins Flying Eagles for Mauritania clash

Afeez Aremu of Norwegian club IK Start has joined the national U-20 team after his club granted the request of the Nigeria Football Federation to release him for Saturday’s second leg of the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritania in Lagos.

According to a statement from the NFF, the defensive midfielder joined the Flying Eagles’ at their camp in Ikeja and trained with them.

But when the coaching crew asked if he could play with the team on Saturday, he said his club would have to grant him permission to play as he was on holidays in Nigeria.

The team’s administrator Aliyu Ibrahim contacted the club and the team were granted the permission for Aremu to play on Saturday after which he would return to Norway on Sunday.

Aremu played for the Super Eagles in the qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship and at the WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana in September 2017. He however couldn’t feature at the 2018 CHAN because he had joined IK Start before the commencement of the competition.

The Flying Eagles have been training at the Agege Stadium since returning from Nouakchott where they were forced to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the fixture.

Coach Paul Aigbogun and his assistants will have a final training session with the team on Friday.

The Mauritanian delegation flew into Lagos on Wednesday and will have their official training at the Agege Stadium on Friday.

The Mauritania U-20 team have been together for four years and play a quick, passing game though they mostly falter in the final third – a deficiency that Aigbogun’s wards have also been striving hard to overcome.

Nigeria have been champions of Africa at U-20 level in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011 and 2015.


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