Calabar - Mr Suleiman Abubakar, the national U-17 team’s coordinator, says the team is well-motivated and in good spirit ahead of the forthcoming CAF Under-17 African Youth Championship qualifiers.
Abubakar, who featured for the Nigeria Airways FC in his hey-days, stated this on Sunday in Calabar when the team received assorted kits from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
According to him, it is imperative for the players to familiarise themselves with whatever they are going to use in future engagements.
``It is necessary that the players are exposed to whatever they are going to use under match situations, particularly the boots so that it will not be alien to them,” Abubakar said.
``Apart from this, you can see that the players were really excited when they got their stuffs and it will undoubtedly motivate them.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items which are of different shapes and sizes, include Adidas kits from the NFF.
A statement issued in Calabar by the team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abudunrin, said the items arrived at the team’s Princeville Hotel camp ``to the delight of officials and players’’.
``Players and officials had been provided with kits all along but the latest arrivals are to replenish the stock of the team; they include playing boots and its accessories, track suits and jerseys.’’
Musa Mohammed Shehu, the interim captain of the team, noted that ``to whom much is given, much is expected’’, adding that the players considered it a privilege to play for the Golden Eaglets.
``We are happy with all the positive things that have been happening to us since we were picked to play for the Golden Eaglets.
``It is a great opportunity to be here and we are really impressed about everything the NFF and our officials are doing for us.
``We will do our best to win our matches starting with the game against Niger next month,” he said.