Abuja - The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) on Sunday asked the coaching crew of the Golden Eaglets to address the issue of indiscipline before the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October.
A statement from the team's Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, quoted NFA’s Director of Technical, Emmanuel Ikpeme, as telling the coaching crew not to condone any indiscipline.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Eaglets had on Saturday lost 4-5 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the final match of the CAF U-17 Championship.
They had lost to the Baby Elephants of Ivory Coast, even though both sides joined two others in qualifying for the October event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Nigerian national under-17 men football team and the others had qualified after they reached the semi-finals of the CAF championship held in Morocco.
"As a Federation, we want to thank the coaching crew and the backroom staff for bringing these boys to this level, because qualifying for the World Cup as well as coming second was not a mean feat.
"But having said that, the NFA will not condone any act of irresponsibility from any player because we want to build a virile national team and this is the basis of all the national teams.
"I have been following the team for a very long time but I am not happy with the conduct of some players during the duel against Cote d’Ivoire where defender Izu Omego earned a red card," Ikpeme said.
He however attributed the team’s loss on Saturday to indiscipline.
"Personally, I won’t feel good without saying this because we threw away the opportunity of becoming African champions at this level because of the irresponsible behaviour.
"Specifically, the issue of red card and the penalty kick really bothers everybody," the statement quoted Ikpeme to have said.
It also quoted NFA's Chief Technical Officer, Siji Lagunju, who supervised the team, as advising the players to take the bull by the horns at the World Cup.