In order to guarantee that the national age-grade teams, which include U17, U20, and U23 sides, perform well in forthcoming key international events, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President has appointed football specialists.
Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi, the president of the Katsina State Football Association, Hon. Bukola Olopade, a sports marketing expert, and Alhaji Abba Mukhtar were appointed.
In anticipation of the new NFF Executive Committee forming Sub-Committees, the panel will be launched today at the NFF Secretariat.
The U23 National Team, also known as Olympic Eagles, will engage their Tanzanian counterparts in a two-legged second-round fixture, starting with the first leg in Dar es Salaam on Sunday and the return session in Ibadan next week Saturday. Victory on aggregate will take the Olympic Eagles to the next round of the qualifiers, which final tournament has been scheduled for the Kingdom of Morocco 2nd – 26th November 2023.
Already, the U20 and U17 Boys’ squads have qualified for their continental competitions, by winning their respective WAFU B tournaments earlier this year. The U20 boys, Flying Eagles conquered all in Niamey, Niger Republic in May while the U17 boys, Golden Eaglets were triumphant in Cape Coast, Ghana in June.
The U20 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged in Egypt 20th February – 12th March 2023 with the top four teams qualifying to represent Africa at next year’s FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Indonesia.
The U17 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged in Algeria 8th – 30th April 2023 with the top four teams qualifying to represent Africa at next year’s FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Peru.