Ahead of the eagerly awaited match between the Golden Eaglets and the Akwa Ibom State’s selected team tagged Umana-Umana Babes at the Uyo Township Stadium, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent its best wishes to Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio (CON) as he
celebrates his 50th birthday on Sunday.
The NFF’s goodwill message was delivered by its Head of Technical, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, when he led officials of the Golden Eaglets on a courtesy call to the Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Mr. Umana Okon Umana on Saturday.
Umana received the Golden Eaglets’ contingent on behalf of Governor Akpabio, who travelled to Otuke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, for the burial rites of the younger brother of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He congratulated the NFF over the qualification of the national Under-17 team for the 2013 African cadet championship to be hosted in Morocco.
“We are delighted to have you in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State because you are a great ambassador of the country,” said Umana.
“We are so happy over your recent qualification and glad that you are here to celebrate with Governor Akpabio on his 50th birthday.”
The NFF according to Dr. Ikpeme , is proud of the transformation agenda of Akwa Ibom State under the astute leadership of Chief Akpabio, adding that the federation gave its express approval for the Golden Eaglets to be involved with the Golden Jubilee Celebration as a mark of honour to the amiable Governor.
“On behalf of the Nigeria Football Federation, we want to wish his Excellency all the best in the years ahead and that is why the federation did not hesitate to give the approval for the Golden Eaglets to play the match when the organisers contacted us,” he said.
On the Golden Eaglets’ train were Head coach, Manu Garba (MFR) and his assistants coach, Emmanuel Amuneke (MON), Nduka Ugbade and Emeka Amadi.
Others were the team’s co-ordinator, Suleiman Abubakar and media officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin as well as chairman and coordinator of the friendly match committee, Mr. John Ekpeyong and Ben Ekpo respectively.