Abuja - Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has picked
Kelechi Nwakali to captain his fledging team at the WAFU B Under-17 Tournament
Kelechi is the younger brother of Chidiebere Nwakali, the
Manchester City's youngster who played a pivotal role when Nigeria won a record
fourth title at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Amuneke said he settled for Kelechi because the attacking
midfielder has demonstrated overtime the capacity to lead others. The lad
nearly gate crashed into the 2013 World Cup-winning team but for an unfortunate
injury on the eve of departure to Abu-Dhabi.
"Kelechi has shown that he's about the most experienced
about the demands of playing for the national team amongst the players we have at present ," noted
Prince Udofia, the Golden Eaglets coordinator.
So far, Kelechi has shown some sterling qualities not least
on the pitch where he roams in the midfield like a gazelle. He has been among the
goals for the team and his cracking long-range goal in the 2-1 win against
College of Football, Abuja is rated as one of the team's best effort so far.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets departed Lagos for Lome
Thursday with Alhaji Yussuf Fresh, a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) as the leader of delegation. In the continent also is Patrick Pascal,
former Nigerian international who is a special assistant to NFF's President
Aminu Maigari on technical matters.
Fresh said that the tournament in Togo offers the players
the opportunity to show what they can do at a competitive level after a remarkable
five wins in as many trial matches before their departure to the neighbouring
West African country.
The Golden Eaglets drawn against Mali and Niger in Group B
at the six-nation tournament; and will open their account against Mali 5:30 pm
on Saturday at the Municipal Stadium.
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