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Imoke tasks Golden Eaglets technical crew

09 April 2014, 18:21Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke has sent message of solidarity and best wishes to the new technical crew of the national Under-17 team.

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 ahead.

"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 state.

"We are praying that the Governor would also extend his benevolence to the present team because he is regarded as the Golden Eaglets' godfather."

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