Mr Iyke Igbokwe, Acting Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee, has enthused that the Golden Eaglets are steadily on course towards qualification for the 2015 CAN Under-17 Championship.
Speaking against the backdrop of the team’s last week double win against Egypt in Kaduna, Igbokwe said he was impressed with their performance despite obvious lapses.
“Frankly, this is an evolving team,” noted the firebrand Igbokwe during a chit-chat with officials.” It would be unfair to be asking you guys to raise a perfect team under one month but I believe this team can only get better.”
Igbokwe said his optimism was borne out of the fact that the technical crew under Coach Emmanuel Amuneke (MON) have been painstaking and rigorous in selection of players amongst other things.
Igbokwe’s was equally corroborated by former Nigerian international, Ishaya Jatau who praised the NFF for entrusting the Eaglets in the hands of Amuneke.
“It was nice that the NFF brought the Eaglets to play in Kaduna and it afforded us to see the new boys being put in place,” said the coach of Kaduna-based Dynamic Sports Solution.
“Without any doubt, the coaching crew is on course and I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen.”
Both Igbokwe and Jatau in the meantime, asked for continuous support to the team from Nigerians.
Meanwhile, Golden Eaglets’ coordinator, Prince Udofia has once again commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for organising series of friendly matches for the team.
The national Under-17 side completed a sequence of 12 matches in five weeks with a 3-1 win over their Egyptian counterparts at the weekend.
Altogether, the Golden Eaglets have won a total of 11 matches and the only loss being the 3-1 penalty-shoot out to Benin after a goalless draw at the WAFU B Tournament in Togo.
“We are very grateful to the NFF for ensuring that we are playing top friendly matches,” said Udofia, who doubles as team Manager of Abia Comet.
“These matches have really allowed the coaches to assess the players under difficult match situation which is good for the overall progress of the team.”
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets who returned to Abuja from Kaduna at the weekend resumed their routine training at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Pitch as the technical crew cast eyes on the likely 35 players to be picked for the forthcoming closed-camping in Calabar.