Abuja - Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke has sent
message of solidarity and best wishes to the new technical crew of the national
Imoke, who is one of the visible hands behind Golden Eaglets’
success at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, said it was imperative to build on the
success of last year.
Speaking through Hon. Patrick Ugbe, the state's commissioner
for sport and youth development, Imoke said he was proud to associate with the Golden
Eaglets even as the new team is being put in place.
"We can't forget so soon about what the Golden Eaglets
did the last term," the amiable Governor was quoted as saying.
"There is no doubt that we are proud of the role we
played since our government was there all the way to support them."
The Golden Eaglets class of 2013 camped in Calabar
throughout their campaign where they won all their qualifiers en route to the
CAN Under-17 in Morocco. Governor Imoke would later reward players and
officials with a house after they won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
"It is our hope that the present team would emulate the
success of the last set," the Governor reportedly said.
Golden Eaglets coordinator, Prince Udofia said the present
team would equally appreciate the Governor's father-figure support in the days
"My colleagues who were part of the last set told me
how wonderful it was camping and playing in Calabar because it is a peaceful
place," said the former Bayelsa United star who incidentally hails from Akwa-Ibom
"We are praying that the Governor would also extend his
benevolence to the present team because he is regarded as the Golden Eaglets'
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