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Ikhana offers Eaglets winning tips

01 August 2014, 11:03Israel Ojoko

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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