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Nigeria’s Under-20 team, the Flying Eagles will face Egypt and Benin Republic in tune-up games to prepare the side for the 2013 Africa Youth Championships (AYC) which will begin in March.

The game against Benin will be played in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja on February 16.

Both sides had played out a 1-1 draw when they clashed in an earlier friendly in Cotonou last September.

The Flying Eagles have also been pencilled down to face Egypt’s Junior Pharaohs in two friendly games on February 22 and the second instalment, two days later.

Both games will be played in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The teams had also clashed in Dubai prior to the 2011 AYC in South Africa with the Egyptians winning 2-1.

The Nigerians will then fly out to Tunisia from Cairo for a two-week training camp.

The 2013 AYC will be staged by Algeria in Oran from March 16 with the four semifinalists qualifying to represent Africa at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

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