Lagos - Foremost football coach Kadiri Ikhana has commended
the Golden Eaglets coaching crew in the task of building a strong team and has given
tacit support to the team's quest for a ticket for the 2015 African Under-17
Championship in Niger.
The Golden Eaglets take a 1-0 lead into this weekend's
decider against Les Leopards of Congo Democratic Republic in Abeokuta and
Ikhana is backing them to go all the way. The 62-year-old -coach who broke the jinx by winning Nigeria's CAF
Champions League Trophy with Enyimba in 2003, said he was impressed with the choice of players selected by
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led crew since it
would on the long run, helped the growth of the national side in the future.
"I want to really commend you (coaching crew) for the
kind of players you have picked because they are very young," said Ikhana,
a 1980 African Cup of Nations winner with the Green Eagles.
"It is important we get things right from this stage
because this is the foundation for other national teams and be assured of my
support because I've seen that you are doing the right thing."
The vastly experienced manager was able to see the national
Under-17 team at close quarters since his team, Enyimba, who were in Abeokuta
for their Federation Cup match against Giwa FC, lodged in the same hotel with
the Golden Eaglets. He advised officials to continue to instill discipline on
the players both on and off the field.
"I'm really impressed with the conduct of your
team," he further remarked after watching their training session on
Wednesday at the MKO Abiola Stadium. "The coaches are imparting real
knowledge into the players and I strongly believe, they have what it takes to
play against any team.”
The former Super Falcons coach said he has
passed useful information to the coaching crew as they gear up preparations
towards their second round-second leg fixture against their counterparts from
the Central African region.
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