The Chairman of Nigeria Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM), Yemi Idowu believes the only team that can stop the Golden Eaglets from winning the 2013 UAE FIFA Under-17 World Cup are the players themselves!
Speaking to the players at their Danat Resort Hotel before the 6-1 victory over Mexico on Saturday, Idowu who is the proprietor of Nathaniel Boys FC of Lagos, said the players should give their best since they are the ‘ Special Ones’ picked amongst millions of Nigerian youths to represent the country.
“You have nothing to fear because your coaches have counted you to be worthy of playing for the national team,” said Idowu. “The onus is now on you to justify the confidence the coaches have in you and do your best for the country.
“I want you to know that there is nobody that can stop you unless you don’t have the will power to do it and I just want to concentrate on this assignment,” he noted.
Idowu, who is in the UAE with some players and staff of his club to support the Golden Eaglets quest to conquer the world for the fourth time, said he was pleased with the team’s 6-1 win over Mexico on Saturday even as he challenged them to be focussed in their subsequent matches.
“It was a great start” Idowu said in a frank exchange with an official of the team. “But we must ensure that the players remained focussed and not get carried away.”