Golden Eaglets line up before the Niger clash
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has once again commended the technical crew of the National Under-17 team over an uncommon camaraderie already established within the rank and file of the team.
At brief dinner chitchat with the Golden Eaglets’ officials on Sunday, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, Director Technical at the NFF, said the federation has noted with keen interest the unity of purpose within the team, requesting them to consolidate on the healthy spirit in the camp.
"Again, I’m conveying to you special greetings from the NFF because everybody is happy with the job you have done so far," Ikpeme said at the team's Princeville Hotel camp.
"Of course, the federation has noticed the unity and bonding between the coaching crew and other backroom staffers which of course have rubbed off on the entire team. We are impressed with the way you have been carrying along with your assignments as if there are no challenges and we are happy about this,” he enthused.
The self-styled 'New Nigeria Golden Eaglets' opened their African Under-17 qualifiers account towards the 2013 AYC in Morocco with a 4-1 away win against their Nigerien counterparts in Niamey penultimate Saturday.
Yet team's coordinator, Suleiman Abubakar said the youngsters as well as the crew are not being carried away with the euphoria.
"We appreciate all the good things being said about our team but we know we can't afford to get carried away," stated Abubakar, the erstwhile Team Manager of Abuja FC who starred for Niger Tornadoes in his heyday."We have resolved to keep working on our goals and without being told, we know how important is our coming game as such, we are focused on the task at hand,” he added.