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Golden Eaglets tipped for Niger 2015 glory

08 January 2015, 18:24Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Golden Eaglets under the watch of Emmanuel Amuneke is destined to go places at the 11th African Championship in Niger.

This much was the opinion of Shehu Abdulkadir, the proprietor of Super Lion Football Academy after the Golden Eagles put his Suleja-based side to the sword s in a 10-goal thriller at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Pitch in Abuja on Wednesday.

"I'm highly impressed about the standard displayed by the national Under-17 team," said Abdulkadir, the chair of Haidar Oil & Gas Nig. Ltd.

"I forewarned my team that the least they can do is to contain the Golden Eaglets but I never knew they could batter us like this.

"But despite the high-margin loss by my team, I'm so happy that the Golden Eaglets can put up such a wonderful performance and we shall be supporting them all the way in their coming competition in Niger," he added.

Also read: Golden Eaglets beat Super Lion

Meanwhile, Super Lion's coach Donald Owelijah equally admitted that the Golden Eaglets were technically superior against his side, praying for a rematch to turn the tide against the Niger 2015 side.

"Of course, I was disappointed with the way we lost but you cannot take anything from the Golden Eaglets with the way they fought for every ball against us, I'm quite impressed with their penetrative passes and above all, these are young boys who played with little errors; I love their fresh faces."

He commended the Golden Eaglets spirited efforts and tactical awareness, adding they would be hard to beat should they show such resilience at the forthcoming 11th African U-17 Championship to be hosted in Niamey between February 15 and March 1st.

Incidentally, Wednesday's victory was Golden Eaglets' 18 in 19 domestic friendly matches plus a goalless draw recorded against Anantigha Stars on July 12th, 2014 in Calabar.

The Golden Eaglets would expectedly play more fine-tuning matches towards their preparation for the continental cadet championship where they have been drawn in Group A against host Niger, Guinea and Zambia.

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