Manu finally locks Golden Eaglets' camp
....As NFF submits provisional team list to FIFA
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent a provisional team list
of 35 Golden Eaglets to the world soccer governing body, FIFA ahead of
the 2013 Under-17 World Cup to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates
between October 17 and November 8.
This is a part of the regulations of the championship and it is from
this pool of players that the final list of 21 would eventually be
picked for the World Cup. Players who made the list were key members
of the team that won silver at the CAN Under-17 Championship in
Morocco including Captain Musa Muhammed and star striker, Isaac
Success. Others are Chidera Ezeh; Kelechi Iheanacho;Musa Yahaya,Saliu
Ali-Baba, Akinjide Idowu ,Taiwo Awoniyi,Chidiebere Nwakali, Goalkeeper
Yinka Adewale and amongst others.
Notable new faces in the team include all-action striker, Theophilus
Solomon and Chelsea's teenage sensation, Habib Makanjuola who is
expected in camp upon release by his English Premiership side.
Golden Eaglets Head coach, Manu Garba (MFR) said the 35 players on the
list have been carefully selected based on merit, adding that there is
no longer opportunity to try out new players as the preparations for
the World Cup is well underway.
“We want to use this opportunity to thank all the players who came
around during the past few weeks to see if they can get the
opportunity to be part of the team," Garba said. “We are happy with
the calibre of players that we have selected with the confidence that
we shall produce a formidable team for the World Cup.”
He continued:" Of course, there is no room to see new players after
the submission of the provisional list of 35 players to FIFA out of
which we are going to pick the squad for the World Cup.
“We want to count on the support of Nigerians towards a successful
outing at the World Cup and on our own part; we are going to do our
In a related development, the Nigeria Football (NFF) has enjoined
Nigerians to give the Golden Eaglets’ and their officials the desired
Coach Siji Lagunju, Chief Technical Officer at the NFF, said the
technical crew need total concentration in other to build a team that
the country would be proud of at the World Cup: “There is no doubt
that the serious work has begun following the submission of the
provisional list to FIFA by the NFF and that means the coaches should
not be distracted.
“We all need to support and give them the necessary encouragement sothat the Golden Eaglets can do well at the World Cup,” he advised.