Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has hailed the resilience of his recruits following a vital 2-1 win over Abuja-based College of Football on Friday.
The new Under-17 team being put together by the former African Footballer of the Year is just two weeks old but they showed a sterner stuff against the well-structured famous Abuja soccer Academy.
“Frankly, the match against College of Football today was a good test for us since we began this screening as well as other trial matches,” admitted Amuneke. “This was a match against an opposition that is strong with good structure and quality players.
“For us, the result was not a big deal but we are happy that our players have started showing some of the things they are learning in training and this would certainly boost their confidence along the way.
“I praise them because they showed a winning mentality and their fighting attitude was equally good and that is the most important thing.
“I’m impressed not because we won 2-1 but seeing these young boys being able to express themselves even under a serious match situation is commendable.”
Similarly, College of Football ‘s Coach, Ahmed Lawan, commended the performance of the Golden Eaglets even as he praised the coaching crew for raising a good team within a short time.
“Without any doubt, we are impressed with the Golden Eaglets because we didn’t expect them to put up such a stiff resistance,” Lawan said.
“The match against the Golden Eaglets was about the best we have played against any team in Abuja and I personally want to commend the coaches for being able to raise a good team in a very short time.”
He equally commended the Nigeria Football Federation for picking Amuneke as the country’s National Under-17 team coach, adding that the former international would serve as a good motivation for the youngsters.