National U20 team, the Flying Eagles have intensified training as they prepare to face upcoming challenges, including some friendly matches and the next phase of qualifiers.
It is on record that coach John Obuh’s wards played abysmally when they were invited to participate in an invitational tourney in South Africa, losing all their three group matches.
Before they left for South Africa there had been rumours that the team was not good enough. Indeed, they struggled against some local teams in warm up matches at the package B area of the National Stadium in Abuja.
LEADERSHIP SPORTS visited the team yesterday morning during their training exercise and it was revealed that half of the team may be dropped for poor performance in favour of new entrants.
The team was divided into two and both teams played against each other. The intensity of the game and rumours in the stands from fans was that it was a screening exercise.
Most of the fans who came in early to watch the boys in action, were not happy with the quality of play and were overheard urging the coaching crew to bring in new blood so that the country will not be disgraced in the World Cup if the team survives the qualifiers.
John Obuh has a good track record in coaching the country’s age grade teams, but some observers have wondered if he will not falter on his latest assignment because of the poor results thus far.