Abuja - Super Eagles
defender, Kenneth Omeruo on Wednesday afternoon paid a surprise visit
to the Golden Eaglets' training session at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Pitch in
Abuja, with a clarion call on the players to push themselves hard to attain
Omeruo, a member
of the silver-winning Golden Eaglets at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by
Nigeria, told the budding youngsters desirous of making the Chile-bound 2015
World Cup team to count themselves very lucky, adding only hard work and
prayers can see them through.
here today is to come and encourage you and from my own experience, it is only
hard work that can get you to the top," said the Chelsea defender who was
on loan at Middlesbrough in the English Premier League.
"I met a
huge crowd more than what I saw here today when I came for the Golden Eaglets
screening in 2009; though we, Nigerians always believe you must know somebody
to make it, I was able to make the team and got to play through hard work and
he enjoined the players to guide against acts of indiscipline and listen
attentively to the instructions of the technical crew.
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captain Kelechi Nwakali, who spoke on behalf of the players, thanked Omeruo for
the encouraging visit, pledging that the youngsters would tow the inspiring
path of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner.
happy that you are here today to give us useful advice," Nwakali said
"You are our
hero and we are going to do everything you have told us in order to make
Nigeria proud in Chile."
Amuneke rounded off the session by also commending the surprise guest even as
he praised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for its support to the Golden
I want to use this opportunity to thank the NFF for giving me the type of
people I'm working with because their experiences have been of tremendous help
in moulding these boys," noted the former African Footballer of the
"We are not
only teaching these boys how to play football but we want them to be useful
members of the society in the future and I want to thank the technical crew and
backroom staff in this regard."
The 1996 Olympic
football gold medal winner further said the Golden Eaglets technical crew was
making painstaking efforts in selection of the players due to the obvious
challenges at this level, adding he was confident Nigeria would be hard to beat
in Chile come October.