As part of their preparations for the forthcoming Olympics qualifiers, the Nigeria u23 played out a two all draw with Awka Selected side handled by experienced Dutch gaffer Ard Sluis at the Goal Project in Abuja.

The boys who where selected after two weeks of intense screening exercise in Enugu and Awka gave the Imama led side a run for their money.

Ard Sluis side drew the first blood when Chinanza John found the back of net against the run of play but the U23 responded with two goals of their own from Rivers United's Cletus Emona and Ayo to turn the tie to their advantage but as the game was heading to it's climax, the equalizer was a gorgeously executed 1 and 2 touch attack over the left flank where Ernest Emmanuel skillfully finished the blind whipped in cross by his older brother Joel as both teams had to settle for a draw.

Speaking after the game Ard Sluis revealed that it was an highly entertaining game stating that the boys were assembled in less than three weeks from the streets of Awka and Enugu.

"They gave the u23 a very good game and I personally expect the National team coaches to look towards some of my players because they are real talents".

"The boys were trained into an European style system and approach and I was very happy to see that it was what made the difference between the two teams, he concluded".

The Ex Warri Wolves gaffer has been in the country for weeks scouting for talents for contracts in Europe and has been recently linked with the vacant Niger Tornadoes job.

Author: Adams Jesse Odoba-Yacham
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