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Golden Eaglets coach denies bribe allegation

16 May 2014, 11:27Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Golden Eaglets officials have nothing but scathing remarks for those accusing them of favouritism in selecting players, even as screening finally drag to a conclusive end this weekend.

There were reports of accusations that the coaching crew of the Golden Eaglets picked only players closely related or have something financial to offer.

Head coach Emmanuel Amuneke who in the course of the exercise dropped two close relations for lacking the desired football qualities said he was ready to defend the ethics of his profession, saying he would be the last person to compromise his hard-earned reputation.

"It is easy for people to accuse me of favouritism but I'm guided by conscience and the fear of God in picking players," Amuneke said in his characteristic blunt manner.

"I didn't bribe my way throughout my career as a footballer and why for heaven's sake would I be asking these young players to pay before they can be considered."

Similarly, Golden Eaglets coordinator, Prince Udofia said he was not disturbed by the pockets of irrelevant criticism by persons who want to force their wards on the technical crew.

"I think some of these criticisms are in bad faith because the coaching crew have been transparent enough," Udofia said.

"It is a shame that those who cannot influence the crew are coming up with all these funny stories."

One of the highlights of the screening exercise was the dramatic turning away of two players closely related to Amuneke as the former African Footballer of the Year said he cannot sacrifice merit on the altar  of mediocrity.

"Maybe some people are not comfortable with my style because I say things the way I see it. I have had cause to send away guys who are closely related to me because they don't have what to offer; so what is the noise all about?"

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