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NFF reiterates support for Golden Eaglets

15 May 2014, 11:00Israel Ojoko

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 best."

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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