The Nigerian Under-17 players are bullish about their prospect of writing their names in gold in the history of Nigerian football and have sensationally requested to be known as the 'New Nigeria Golden Eaglets'.
This is a team that has not yet win a competitive international match let alone a trophy but the lads have enthused that it is just a matter of time before Nigerians would appreciate their sterling qualities.
"Though we are playing our first game in the qualifier against Niger in Niamey, our performances in our last two international friendly matches against Rwanda have given us some confidence," said Wilfred Ndidi, the Golden Eaglets’ Vice–Captain and towering defender, who makes the art of playing as a libero as free and easy.
“We have been training for months now and we have not lost a game. Those matches have helped our coaches to see our lapses and areas where we need to make adjustments. Bearing all of these in mind, Nigerians should bank on us to bring smiles to their faces.”
Ndidi admitted that the smart talk currently going on in Calabar that the Golden Eaglets are the best hope for Nigerian football, stating that they would do everything not to let the country down.
“People who have seen us play actually called us New Nigeria Golden Eaglets and we like it,” he said.
“We have adopted the name too and we call ourselves the New Nigeria Golden Eaglets because this is a team with a different attitude and orientation.
“Most people were shocked about our recent performances because we are young and gifted but we have to thank God for given us the talents as well as the Technical crew for imparting on us a winning mentality.”
Ndidi was apt when asked on his thought about the match against Niger on Saturday:
“Nigerians should expect victory because we are going for victory against Niger in Niamey. We have no other choice.”