Eaglets to get special bonus
President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari has for the umpteenth time pledged the Federation’s maximum support towards the Golden Eaglets’ qualification for the 2013 African Under-17 Championship to be held in Morocco.
Alhaji Maigari, who met with officials and players of the National Under-17 team at their Princeville Hotel camp in Calabar yesterday, said the Federation would not shirk its responsibility to the team even as he promised them a special bonus package after their forthcoming second round match against Guinea in Conakry in a fortnight.
On President Maigari’s entourage were NFF board members, Chief Effiong Johnson (Chairman of NFF’s security committee), Hon. Suleiman Kwande (Beach Soccer Chairman and member of the House Committee on Sports), Nasir Jibrin (Personal Assistant to the NFF President) amongst others.
“I’m happy to be meeting you again and generally, we are so happy about all the things you have done since you started camping here in Calabar,” Maigari started.
“Though I have read and heard so much about this team, yesterday was the first time I saw you playing and I must tell you that I doubled my love for you.”
The Golden Eaglets are the only team yet under the umbrella of the NFF still seeking qualification towards any major international competition after failing to make it to the last two junior continental cadet tournaments in 2009 and 2011.
Maigari said he is optimistic that the team would scale the hurdle this time around, advising the players not to get carried away but to be focussed.
“I have received many calls from notable Nigerians congratulating us about your performance against Guinea on Sunday but we want you to go to Conakry in two weeks time and show them that you can beat any team anywhere,” Maigari further stated.
“It would be our greatest joy when you qualify for the AYC and on our part, we shall do everything for you. In fact, we have a special bonus for you when you come back from Conakry, so go there and show them that you are a team that can win anywhere.”
Responding, Head coach, Manu Garba (MFR), said they were happy with the confidence reposed by the NFF on the team, adding that everything plausible would be done to ensure qualification for the Under-17 AYC.
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