Senator Liyel Imoke, the Governor of Cross River State, has charged the Golden Eaglets to go for an outright win when they meet Guinea on Sunday.
The Nigerian youngsters take a 3-0 lead to Conakry for the second leg of their African Under-17 Junior Championship qualifier and the governor has enthused that his adopted team has the capability to beat Guinea yet again.
The Governor spoke through the state's Commissioner of Sports, Hon. Patrick Ugbe who met the team before their final training session at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
“Once again, I congratulate you for your wonderful performance in your last match against Guinea and you know we are happy to have you with us in Calabar but first and foremost, I bring to you greetings from His Excellency, Governor Liyel Imoke,” began Ugbe. “As you conclude your preparation for the second leg game in Conakry, we are here to bid you farewell and wish you the best of luck.”
He said he was optimistic of the chances of the Golden Eaglets judging by their last performance asking them however, never to be complacent.
“We believe that there is no way Guinea can stop you and you must not allow Guinea to stop you. For us in Calabar, we are expecting your return because we know you still have one more country to play before your qualification for the Under-17 tournament in Morocco.
“Don’t fear Guinea, just go there with determination and do the country proud as you have been doing since the beginning of your campaign.”
Ugbe further made a clarion call on the players to play for the collective good of the team.
“Lastly, don’t forget to play as a team. There are going to be 11 of you on the field but you can only succeed if you play as a team. Don’t be selfish, play as a team because that is the part to success. We wish you well as you go to Conakry," he added.
The Golden Eaglets will depart Calabar for Lagos on Thursday en route to Conakry via Cotonou and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has assured that there would be a seamless transition from one point to another on the trip.