The match will serve as a warm up to their qualifiers against South Africa
The national under-20 men football team, the Flying Eagles, will, on Sunday, take on their Benin Republic counterparts in an international friendly match, an official disclosed on Friday in Abuja.
The Chief Technical Officer of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Abdulrafiu Yusuf, said the match was part of the team?s build-up for their September 22 assignment.
The Flying Eagles will take on South Africa in the African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifiers in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 22.
The match is the first leg fixture in the final round of the qualification competition, with the second leg slated for Ilorin between October 5, and October 7.
“The team has been training at the Kwara State Stadium?s astro-turf pitch in Ilorin since August 22, ahead of the match with South Africa,” Yusuf said.
“On Wednesday, they move to the natural grass pitch at the University of Ilorin, because the match in South Africa will be on natural grass. And, as part of their preparation for the clash with South Africa, NFA has approved for them to play a friendly match with the under-20 team of Benin Republic.
“The team will, therefore, leave Ilorin for Cotonou on Saturday, while the match will be played on Sunday.”
Nigeria beat Tanzania on a 4-1 aggregate in the qualifiers? second round, while South Africa beat Congo on the away goals rule after a 2-2 draw.