The victorious Golden Eaglets breezed into the country Tuesday’s evening from Bamako where they secured the ticket to the 2013 African Under-17 Championship to be held in Morocco.
The team contingent led by Alhaji Muazu Suleiman, the chairman of NFF’s Referee Committee, arrived Lagos about 4:00pm aboard ASKY Airlines and was the cynosure of all eyes at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja where they were received by Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, the Director Technical of the NFF amongst others.
Ikpeme said the NFF and indeed Nigerians were happy over the manner the players distinguished it throughout the qualifiers where they recorded six wins in as many games to break the country’s duck of not qualifying for the continental cadet competition, adding that the team will be exposed to solid preparation before the championship proper in Morocco.
“Nigerians and indeed the NFF Is happy with the Golden Eaglets because they are a model team that we would nurture to greater heights,” Ikpeme said.
“We are delighted that they qualified for the Under-17 Championship in Morocco and the federation will be waiting for the reports and programmes of the coaching crew towards their preparations.”
The Golden Eaglets would in the meantime, depart Lagos for Uyo on Wednesday where they are expected to play a Akwa Ibom Selected team in honour of Governor Godswill Akpabio who would be marking his 50th birthday this weekend.
In a related development, the Golden Eaglets' assistant coach, Emmanuel Amuneke is mourning the loss of his father in-law, Mr. Miguel Alonso in Spain. Father of his wife, Fatimah, who died after a brief last Wednesday, was aged 73.
Amuneke said he has been in turmoil since he got the unfortunate news but had to keep the news because of the exigency of work particularly with Golden Eaglets' crucial game against Mali at the weekend.
“My father in-law was a very good man and I cannot forget all what he did for me and my wife," a crestfallen Amunike said with misty eyes.
"Of course, I would have loved to be with my wife and the rest of her family when her father was sick but for the Golden Eaglets job.”