Abuja - Chairman technical committee of Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF), Chris Green has emphatically said the FA is firmly behind the
technical crew of the Golden Eaglets in the bid to build a virile team capable
of defending the FIFA U17 World Cup.
Speaking with the team's officials during a brief meeting at
the Glass House in Abuja on Tuesday, Green said he was impressed with the progress
made so far in grooming a new team even as he called for equity and fair play
in selection of players.
"Frankly, I don't envy your jobs because you cannot
afford to fail," said Green. "The truth is that Nigerians expect so
much from you because we are the defending champions at this level, you must
ensure that only the best players are picked."
Green said the NFF deliberately left behind some officials
from the 2013 World Cup-winning team for the sake of continuity as such; they must
be guided with the benefit of hindsight when selecting the players.
"Some of you were part of the last team and we want you
to use such experience in building the new team that Nigerians would be proud
of," added Green.
Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke reiterated his
commitment to the job even as he solicited for maximum support.
"What we owe the federation is honesty and hard work
and we are doing this job without fear or favour of anybody," said the
former African Footballer of the Year.
"We know the huge expectations of Nigerians and the
NFF; and I want to assure you that we are going to give this job our
Amuneke, who is expected to draw a list of players for the
next stage of the selection process, said only the best players would be picked
as the team continue its build up for its second round qualifier against the
winner of the first round qualifier between Burundi and Congo in July.
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