Captain of the Golden Eaglets, Fortune Chukwudi has said that the team would draw a lot of inspiration from the victory of the Ghanaian U-20 football team over Brazil when they take on the rest of the world in the FIFA U-17 World Cup beginning in Nigeria October 24.
The skipper of the Eaglets who had just finished training at the National Institute for Sport training pitch, said that Ghanaâ€™s triumph was a signal to the football world that this was Africaâ€™s time.
â€œBy the Grace of
God, Ghanaâ€™s victory is to tell the world that this is Africaâ€™s time. Even the senior world cup, I believe Africa will do well, and probably carry the world cup.
Chukwudi dismissed fears about Argentina and Germany being in the same group with them. â€œTo me, they are just names. That has nothing to do with us. What that means is hard work, which our coach has taken us through. There is no team we cannot face,â€ he assured.
On the teamâ€™s level of preparedness, the skipper said, â€œwe are like a bunch of broom which you cannot break We do not work as individuals, but as a team. From our defence to the attack we are together.â€
On his part, chief coach of the team, John Obuh said the team had been prepared to the best of his ability and his conscience was at peace with what he had done so far.
â€œAs far as I am concerned, everything I have done satisfied my conscience as a person and now I leave God to do the rest. That is the extent of my preparations,â€ Obuh said, adding, â€œto be honest with you, in terms of preparations I have given my all.â€
In terms of logistics, Obuh would not be dragged to the extent of whether the team had got all it required to excel. He was rhetorical, â€Whatever that we lack is an experience for success. There are certain things you cannot comment about even when you lack them because it wonâ€™t change anything. Even if you complain now, what effect would that have on the team?
But before he dashed off into a waiting vehicle, the coach said their training in Lagos was remarkable because the boys had a taste of what to expect from fans when the championship kicks off.
â€œI loveÂ Lagos fans,â€ Coach Obuh started. He said that football fans who turned out to watch the training session actually added a dimension to the entire exercise which was strange to the players
â€œThey(the fans) made catcalls each time a player failed to play well. The boys had never experienced this before. I think this was good for them because this is exactly what they should expect if they donâ€™t play well in the tournament.â€
He revealed that the incident had served as a wake-up call for him to psyche his players up on how to react to spectatorsâ€™