Thursday, November 7, 2013

FIFA U17 World Cup: Awoniyi pays tribute to Eaglets Captain

Striker Taiwo Awoniyi has identified teammate and captain, Musa
Muhammed as one of the factors behind Golden Eaglets' sterling

Muhammed has been an inspired choice by coach Manu Garba (MFR)
'because he combines the names of two prophets' and Awoniyi said there
couldn't have been a better captain than the Kano-born defender.
"Without any doubt, Musa Muhammed is my best player not because on and
off the field, he is a leader," Awoniyi said of Muhammed who has
scored twice at this FIFA Under-17 World Cup UAE 2013.
In a survey conducted amongst the players, Awoniyi noted that Muhammed
has perfectly played his role as captain well because of an innate
humility which is second to none.

Cool, calm and collected, Muhammed has played more matches than any
player in the Golden Eaglets and Awoniyi stated that Muhammed has
impressed everyone because he makes no bone about it.

"Muhammed is a born leader," Awoniyi said matter-of-factly."You can
hardly know that he is our captain because he doesn't show it at all.
"On and off the pitch, Musa is a leader because he regards us as
friends and teammates," added Taiwo.

Taiwo's view is equally shared by first choice goalkeeper,  Sunday
Alampasu who maintained that Muhammed  exemplary conduct was worth

“I will pick Skipper as our best player not only in this tournament
but overall because he welcomes all of us with open arms when we came
into camp,” said Alampasu." Musa is a very good guy indeed and I wish
every one of us can be like him."

  Meanwhile on the margin of the official photo shoot for the two
skippers contending for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup final on Friday,
Muhammed has predicted victory for the Golden yet again.

“It is great to be involved with this, “said Muhammed after a feel of
the trophy at the bank of the Abu Dhabi Intercontinental Marina. “
There is no way we would allow this trophy to be taken by Mexico on
Friday and Insha Allah (by the grace of Allah); we are going to win
this trophy.”

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