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Awoniyi, Yahaya starts for Nigeria against Benin

Published by Daily Trust on Mon, 05 May 2014


Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has named a strong starting XI for Sunday's warm-up match against Benin in Cotonou.Both Nigeria and Benin are preparing for next weekend's 2015 African Youth Championship qualifiers.The Flying Eagles are away to Tanzania, while Benin visit Congo.The team's leading scorer Alhassan Ibrahim will partner Taiwo Awoniyi in the attack, while Wilfred Ndidi pairs Izu Omego in the heart of the back four.The midfield will have playmaker Ifeanyi Matthew, defensive midfielder Akinjide Idowu, Musa Yahaya and Abdullahi Alfa.Meanwhile, the morale of the Benin U20s has been lifted after they drew 1-1 with their country's home-based national team on Friday.It is also believed that they will parade at least five players who boast Nigerian roots as was the case when both teams played out a 1-1 draw two years ago.Flying Eagles starting XI vs Benin U20Joshua Enaholo ' Musa Muhammed (Skipper), Mustapha Abdullahi, Wilfred Ndidi, Izu Omego ' Akinjide Idowu, Musa Yahaya, Abdullahi Alfa, Ifeanyi Matthew ' Alhassan Ibrahim 'Muazam', Taiwo Awoniyi
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