Golden Eaglets’ goalkeepers’ trainer, Emeka Amadi was given a perfect birthday gift following the National Under-17 team’s 9-0 massacre of Western Rovers Football Club at the U. J Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday.
Amadi, who would be celebrating his 40th birthday on Sunday, August 26, was as thrilled as everyone as the Golden Eaglets recorded a cricket score to keep their unbeaten run after 11 practices matches here in Calabar.
Parading the team's probables, the Golden Eaglets look sharp and trim with commanding display after taking the kick off. Barely three minutes into the match, were the Eaglets already on a goal-rious run with three goals under the first 15 minutes.
Two more goals were scored in the first half and it could have been more but for Mathias Ekwere in goal for the Cross River State Division Two Side, who foiled some of the Eaglets’ scoring opportunities.
The team was reshuffled in the second half but the new players on parade were never going to be outshined and virtually continued from where others left off. Four goals were scored in the process with prominent one being that of Ali-Baba Saliu, the former Under-15 captain who scored his first goal for the Eaglets!
“I’m so pleased with the performance of the team which is on the eve of my 40th anniversary and I'm confident that the winning streak of the team would continue,” a visibly-glad Amadi stated.
Meanwhile, Golden Eaglet’s Assistant captain, Ndidi Wilfred said the players are dedicating their latest victory to all the technical crew but especially to Coach Amadi for obvious reasons.
“The coaches are like fathers and they have been serious encouragement to all of us,” said the burly defender.
“Coach Amadi is very jovial and generally laughs with us but he doesn’t shy away from scolding us when necessary. We really like him for this.
“Though we still have some few lapses but we are going to work on them so that we won’t let the country down as well as our coaches. We are going to put all what we have been learning from them to good use during our matches. Nigerians should expect victories from us and they should pray for us too as we would be playing our qualifying matches soon,” added Ndidi, who was the assistant captain during a recent tour of Portugal by Nathaniel Boys FC of Lagos.