The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will play the Junior Chipolo-polo of Zambia in two friendly matches ahead of the AFCON U20 which comes up this year.
The two friendly matches which are expected to take place in the Nigerian Capital City, Abuja, will be held on Friday, 27th January and Monday, 30th January 2023 respectively.
The two-legged friendly was agreed upon after the Nigeria Football Federation wrote to the Zambia FA on January 13th, which they accepted with a reply from Zambia General Secretary Adrian Kashala dated January 14th. .
The Zambia football body shall be responsible for flying the Chipolopolo to Nigeria, while the NFF shall bear the cost of accommodation, feeding and other logistics for the Zambia delegation to Nigeria.
Since Zambia won the 2017 edition of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations and reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Korea Republic, where they lost to Italy after extra time, the Zambia U20 have become a force to reckon with.
The Flying Eagles, who won the WAFU B U20 Championship which took place in Niger in May 2022, need to test their hands on a tough side before they face hosts Egypt, Senegal and Mozambique in Group A of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations taking place from February 19th to March 11th this year.
Meanwhile, Zambia will face Tunisia, Benin Republic and Gambia in Group C, while Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo will slug it out in Group B.
It is expected that the four semi-finalists in Egypt will qualify to represent Africa at the 23rd FIFA U20 World Cup slated for Indonesia from Saturday, May 20th to Sunday, June 11th this year.