Calabar - Governor of Cross River State Liyel
Imoke has described the Golden Eaglets as the best thing to have happened
to sport in Nigeria even as he is being feted by the National Under-17 team on
his birthday anniversary.
Imoke, who clocked 53 on Thursday, has undoubtedly
contributed more than anybody to the cause of the Golden Eaglets as Nigeria won
a record fourth World Cup title in 2013.
Apart from camping the Golden Eaglets for several months towards
their African Under-17 Championship in Morocco
and World Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates , the amiable 'Golden
Eaglets' Godfather' rewarded officials and players of the 2013 World Cup-winning team with a house.
He has also extended his magnanimity to the Golden Eaglets
this term by impressively approving their camping in Calabar towards their qualifiers
for the 2015 African Championship to be hosted in Niger.
"We want to use the opportunity of Governor Imoke's
birthday to extend our sincere thanks for his huge support to us since
2012," stated Coach Emmanuel Amuneke."We pray God grant him many more
years in good health in the service to humanity."
Home-boy, Etiboy Akpan who hails from Odukpani Local
Government Area of Cross River State, equally praised Governor Imoke for his
uncommon support to the Golden Eaglets as well as development of sport in the state.
"I'm very proud of what our Governor has done for sport
in the state and particularly his support for the Golden Eaglets," said
Etiboy who grew through the ranks from the Under-13 and Under-15 national
"May God continue to bless him for having
so much confidence on the Golden Eaglets.
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