By John Egbokhan
The Head of the Nigeria Football Federation’s Technical Committee, Barr. Chris Green has tipped the Golden Eaglets to achieve great things when they confront seven others in the CAF Under-17 Championship next month in Morocco.
Green, while stating this in Calabar, challenged the coaching crew of the Eagles to keep their winning momentum as they step up their preparations for the biennial soccer tournament, from where Africa’s representatives to the FIFA Under-17 Championship will be selected.
Speaking with the coaching crew after last weekend’s 3-0 defeat of Botswana, Green said it was important for the team to be focussed on the task at hand, adding that the national U-17 team is the bedrock of Nigerian football.
“The NFF is satisfied with the work done so far and this should be commended because it’s the most difficult stage of football development.
This is a pilot team and we are so happy with the professional way the coaches have handled the assignment.”
The NFF in partnership with the CrossRiverState government has organised several warm-up matches to put the Golden Eaglets in tip-top shape.
The team under the coaching guidance of Manu Garba, Emmanuel Amuneke, Nduka Ugbade and Emeka Amadi, have remained unbeaten in over 20 matches, since last year.
Impressed with the team’s unblemished record, Green said the NFF will continue to back the team in their quest to outshine others at the Moroccan Championship
“We would continue to support this team because this is a project dear to our hearts at the NFF and we won’t spare efforts at ensuring that we get the desired results.”
Nigeria are in Group B, alongside Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. It is regarded as the group of death. Only two teams can qualify for the next round, which is the semifinal.