The national U17 side has beckoned on Nigerians to remember the senior national team in their prayers as they step out on Sunday in the final of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
The Eagles have a match remaining to be crowned African Champions for the third time in 7th attempts in the final against the Stallions and the Eaglets' chief coach Manu Garba has emphasised on the need for the Nigeria's representatives to be prepared and ready to fight with their last drop of blood to win on Sunday.
He also used the occasion to beckon on the Nigerians to pray for the speedy recovery of Friday Njengo and Adamu Alhassan his U17 wards who were involved in a road mishap on their way to Calabar for the team's preparation.
"We are praying and wishing the Eagles well on Sunday in the final. We have watched your march to the final and we feel you deserve to win the cup for Nigerians.
"We also use this moment to ask Nigerians to pray for two of our players who are presently recovering from the wounds sustained from a road accident. We pray for their speedy recovery," Garba told Goal.com
The Golden Eaglets were formally welcomed back home to Calabar by the government and people of Cross River State on Friday.
Executive Governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke who is presently holidaying in the USA as well as that of Acting Governor, Barrister Efiok Cobham, were delivered to the team by Hon. Patrick Ugbe, the state's Commissioner for sports and youth development.
The National Under-17 team who returned this week to their camp base in Calabar to prepare ahead of the 10th African Cadet Championship to be hosted by Morocco in April, have been enjoined to concentrate fully on the task at hand in order to give Nigerians something to cheer about.