Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has explained why it
decided that the U17 National Team, Golden Eaglets, participate in the
forthcoming 2016 U19 Suwon Continental Cup tournament.
General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said on Thursday that
the Federation is encouraged to sustain the team’s momentum and prepare it for
bigger challenges as a result of the series of examinations done to ascertain
the fact they are truly U17 players.
“Apart from the tests conducted by the NFF, there was a
medical team from CAF that subjected the players to another thorough
examination. We are very sure the boys are U17 players and we must do
everything to prepare them for bigger challenges, as they will constitute the
next U20 team.
“They showed naivity and a level of innocence in the way
they approached the match in Niger Republic, and that was partly why they were
intimidated out of the African qualifying series.”
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Sanusi assured that apart from the Suwon tournament, the NFF
will keep the team busy in the coming year with a series of invitational
tournaments and friendly matches, to get the players exposed and more matured
for the qualifying series of 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.
A team of 22 players and 10 officials of the Golden Eaglets
will depart Nigeria on Monday, 7th November for Korea Republic, for the U19
Suwon Continental Cup.
The Eaglets are scheduled to take on their counterparts from
England on Wednesday, 9th November, play Iran the following day and tackle the
host team on Saturday, 12th November. For
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