Golden Eaglets’ coach Emmanuel Amuneke believes there are a lot of positives to take from the 2-0 victory over Kwara Football Academy (KFA) on Sunday.
“We are happy with the results despite the fact that this team in not yet the final article,” Amuneke said.
“Our boys are beginning to assume responsibility and if we can improve our marking ability, we would be better.”
Two goals in each half by Kehinde Ayinde and Orji Okonkwo made the difference for the Golden Eaglets against the home team at the main bowl of the Kwara stadium Complex in Ilorin.
Ayinde, who incidentally was recruited from KFA, scored Eaglets’ first goal in the 22nd minute when he glided the ball into the net following poor clearance off a corner kick by Dauda Abdulganiyu.
The second goal in the 75th minute was also from a set piece when Okonkwo headed a corner kick straight into the far end of the post.
KFA complete with Raymond Japheth , a member of the Golden Eaglets that won the last FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the UEA, were initially in control after Premier League referee, Isaac Bolatito signalled the start of the match.
Expectedly the partisan home fans urged on the KFA boys but Eaglets were not undeterred. Yet it was the National Under-17 team that squandered two successive free kicks in the 12th and 15th minute.
Meanwhile, fans in Ilorin, capital of Kwara State yet again confirmed on Sunday that they passionate of the beautiful game with a rousing welcome for the Golden Eaglets.
Fans, who at the Kwara Stadium Complex for the usual Sunday knock about trooped en mass and milled around the national team immediately their Marcopolo Bus ‘taxied’ to a stop for the early morning game against Kwara Football Academy.