NFF lauds Golden Eaglets' crew

The football governing body in Nigeria has charged the U17 team to lift up to the billing in Morocco

Barrister Chris Green, Technical Committee chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has challenged the coaching crew of the Golden Eaglets to keep their winning momentum as they intensify preparation for the forthcoming Caf African Under-17 Championship in Morocco.

The Golden Eaglets will on Monday play the second of their international friendly matches against Diamond Zebras of Botswana at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar with the kick off fixed at 4pm.

Speaking with the Golden Eaglets’ coaching crew before Saturday’s 3-0 win, Green said it was important for the team to be focussed on the task at hand, adding the national U-17 team is the bedrock of Nigerian football.

 “The NFF is satisfied with the work done so far and this should be commended because it’s the most difficult stage of football development," stated Green."This is a pilot team and we are so happy with the professional way the coaches have handled the assignment."

The NFF in conjunction with the Cross River State government has organised several camps to put the Golden Eaglets in tip-top shape. The team under the quartet of Coach Manu Garba (MFR), Emmanuel Amuneke (MON), Nduka Ugbade and Emeka Amadi, has remained unbeaten in over 20 matches - both friendly and qualifying matches - since last year.

He said: "We would continue to support this team because this is a project dear to our hearts at the NFF and we won't spare efforts at ensuring that we get the desired results."