Abuja - The Golden Eaglets have for the umpteenth time been
told to be consistent and responsible as the team shift base from Abuja to Calabar
for their closed-camping.
Director Technical at the Nigeria Football Federation, Emmanuel
Ikpeme addressing 33 selected players picked after 70 days of rigorous
screening and documentation during their training session at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project
in Abuja on Thursday, said it was imperative for the players to realize the
purpose of being in the national team.
He told the players in an unequivocal manner that without
consistency in performance and attitude, they stand no chance at all of a successful
"First and foremost, I want to congratulate you because
you have been picked from thousands who came for the screening," he said.
"But be that as it may, I want to remind you that there
are three things that you need to imbibe in order for you to succeed.”
"There must be consistency on your part in order to
give your best at all time as well as internalise information from your coaches
and above all, you must have a winning mentality," he noted.
Ikpeme, a trained psychologist and instructor, would later demonstrate
to the players the art of being consistent from a shooting range, adding that
they must always strive to achieve their objective.
"You have to be responsible for your action and ensure
that you allow the ball to reach your target whether you are passing to your teammates
or you are aiming to score goals," Ikpeme advised.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets would expectedly draw the
curtain on the first phase of their programme with another practice match
against Ibadan-based SRHD Sports Football Academy at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Pitch
on Friday before departing for Calabar.
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