Eaglets return tomorrow, NFF plans to retain Amuneke
Mrs. Amosun, Adenuga hail team
Fresh from their victorious outing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Golden Eaglets will return to the country tomorrow aboard a chartered flight, officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have revealed.
The team is expected to fly straight to Abuja, where NFF and National Sports Commission (NSC) officials will receive them before being presented to Nigerians.
It is not certain when/or if they will go to the Aso Rock Villa to present the trophy to President Mohammed Buhari, who will inaugurate the Federal Executive Council tomorrow.
An official of the federation told The Guardian yesterday that the federation was planning a befitting reception for the team, adding, “we also want to see what the Presidency plans for the boys so that we can key in on that.”
The Guardian also learnt that the NFF plans to retain Coach Emmanuel Amuneke for at the National U-17 team for another term.
This is a departure from the past where precious U17 team coaches moved with their squad to the national U-20 team.
Although Amuneke’s relationship with NFF officials has not been very smooth, officials said the federation’s president, Amaju Pinnick, is keen to keep the former Barcelona star on the job.
Pinnick is not expected back with the Eaglets as he is said to have taken a different route from the team.
Meanwhile, Globacom Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga, and the wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, have joined millions of Nigerians in celebrating the victorious Golden Eaglets.
In a statement sent to The Guardian, Adenuga congratulated the Golden Eaglets, President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of Nigeria, saying, “It was indeed an unlimited performance by our dear Golden Eaglets. I congratulate them for emerging World champions. Once again, they have done exceptionally well to bring honour to Nigeria and Africa. We are proud of them,” Dr. Adenuga said.
He said that Globacom, the major sponsor of Nigerian national football teams, would continue to contribute to the development of football which has always been the greatest unifying factor in the country.
In her message, Mrs. Amosun, said: “Today, Nigeria celebrates as she emerges winner of the U-17 World Cup in Chile. As we celebrate, let us all remember to continue nurturing and investing in our youths, the future generation.
“Let’s assist them to explore the full potential of their capabilities, as is with the case of Akpan Udoh previously a member of Mrs Amosun’s UPLIFT football team that was sponsored to Italy for a football training camp in 2013.”
Udoh, Golden Eaglets’ number one goalkeeper, was one of the 22 young football players of the UPLIFT Football Team, sponsored on soccer training to the Udinese Football Club in Italy by Mrs. Amosun in 2013.