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Hot weather an advantage to Eaglets, says Ugbade

08 October 2013, 10:15

Lagos - Nduka Ugbade, one of the Assistant Coaches of the Golden Eaglets, on Monday said that the hot weather in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would be an added advantage for the team.

Ugbade told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from the UAE venue of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, that the players were accustomed to such conditions.

He added that that the temperature in the UAE was presently hotter than in Nigeria, but noted that there was no reason to fear because the players have attuned themselves to the weather.

"The temperature here at the moment is hotter than that of Nigeria, but the team is used to it.

"It will definitely not affect our performance, but rather, it would be an added advantage us,'' he said.

Ugbade, who won the maiden edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 as captain of the Golden Eaglets, also said that the team was currently preparing for a friendly match.

"If all things work out well as planned, we will be testing the players by engaging them in a friendly match to check their performance,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the 15th edition of the competition will hold in six UAE cities, namely: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

The other venues are: Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah, Rashid Stadium in Dubai and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain.

A total of 52 matches will be played in the UAE’s top stadia, including the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Stadium in Ras Al Khaimah and the Fujairah Stadium in Fujairah.

The competition would kick-off on Oct. 17 and end on Nov. 8.

The Golden Eaglets are in Group F alongside: defending champions Mexico, Sweden and Iraq.

The team would play its first match against Mexico on Oct.19 in Al Ain.

It would be recalled that Nigeria had won some editions of the competition in 1985, 1993 and 2007.



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