The Cross River State capital, Calabar, would host the Golden Eaglets upcoming 2015 CAN Under-17 qualifiers just as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that Governor, Liyel Imoke (CON) has graciously approved the camping of the team at the Canaan City yet again.
This much was disclosed by Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, Director Technical of the NFF while speaking to officials and players of the Golden Eaglets after their hard won 3-2 win against Egypt in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Ikpeme said the sport-loving e Governor who is regarded as the pillar behind the National Under-17 Team’s successful campaign in 2013, has granted NFF’s request to have Calabar as its base even as he charged the team to be up and doing.
“I want to congratulate you for the victory against Egypt because it was not an easy game for you,” Ikpeme said.
“Personally, I came here not with the impression that you were going to beat the Egyptians rather, to see what the coaches have been doing over the last few weeks and I’m impressed with what I saw; though the truth is that you still have a lot of work to do.
“The reason the federation organised the friendly matches was for the coaches to have a continuous assessment of your performance and I want to commend the chief coach, Emmanuel Amuneke and other member of the technical crew as well as the back room staff but I’m confident you would get better by the time you go into closed camping.
“As a matter of fact, I want to use this opportunity to inform you that His Excellency, the Governor of Cross River State has approved your return to Calabar which we believe would give you a conducive environment to work on these young players,” he said.
Apart from camping the Golden Eaglets in their successful campaign the last term, Governor Imoke rewarded players and officials of the 2013 World Cup winning Golden Eaglets with house gifts.
Speaking on the Governor’s latest gesture, Tayo Egbaiyelo, 2013 World Cup-winning secretary, commended the continuous magnanimity of the people and government of Cross River State, saying that the team would remain steadfast in the pursuit of excellence.