Lagos – The coach of the Golden Eaglets, Manu Garba, has invited seven players from the Lagos Junior League for trials in preparation for the 2013 African/World Cup U-17 qualifiers.
Confirming the invitation on Sunday in Lagos, Tunde Disu, Technical Director of the League, said that the players were among others for screening to constitute a new U-17 squad.
Disu listed the players as Olomu Tolib, Olajide Samson, Innocent Onobun, Rauf Belllo, Mustapha Abudulahi, Rabiu Abdulahi and Aminu Abubakar.
He said that the seven players were from the Nathaniel Boys FC of Lekki, one of the teams in the Lagos Junior League.
Disu, a former coach of the Flying Eagles, said that he was excited at the invitation of the players to the Golden Eaglets’ camp, adding that the objective of creating the league had been achieved.
“ I am happy because this was the reason why the league was created, to identify talents that will represent the country, and it is fulfilling the planned purpose,’’ he said.
The director was confident that the boys would make the Golden Eaglets’ team.
“ The players have been tested and trusted by their coaches on a viable platform; so I see no reason why they won’t excel and make the U-17 team list.
“We constantly monitor potential talents and keep track of their day-to-day progress in the league and their development in the game as a whole,’’ he said.
Disu said that the players departed Lagos on Sunday and were expected to join others in camp in Abuja.
The 2013 African U-17 Championship is scheduled to hold in Morocco and will serve as qualifiers for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. (NAN)