Lagos - Five players have been dropped from a list of 35 as
Nigeria's Under-17 national team, Golden Eaglets intensify preparation towards their
forthcoming African Championship qualifier against Gabon in September.
The five who were given the marching order according to the
coaching crew, have significantly dropped in form and have contributed little to
the fortune of the team in recent time. Included on the list are Ebije Yahaya,
Prince Omosowhofa, Chinedu Madueke, Kingsley Ohiri and Kabiru
Muhammed-incidentally all midfielders-and have since left the team's camp in
Golden Eaglets remarkably dispatched Congo Democratic
Republic on a 5-0 aggregate early this month but Head coach Emmanuel Amuneke
said there was no room for complacency in order for the team to achieve its aspiration
of qualifying for the 2015 African U-17 Championship to be held in Niger.
"The party is over and it is about time we forget about
what we had done recently. But it is unfortunate that some have not really
measured up to the standard we expected.” Amuneke told the players.
"We must now focus our attention squarely on Gabon
because it would be their desire to qualify for the Under-17 Championship in
Niger," he said.
Goalkeepers trainer Emeka Amadi explained that the coaching
crew has a pool of players to be called upon when need arises.
"We have reasonably pruned down the list based on the
need of the team according to their performance in comparison to others."
"The good thing is that we are in a process of raising
a team that can defend the World Cup won in 2013 and we would continue to
shuffle the team from time to time since we have about 45 players registered
with Confederation of African Football (CAF),"noted Amadi.
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