The Golden Eaglets under the watch of Emmanuel Amuneke, 1994 African Footballer of the Year, is destined to go places at the 11th African Championship in Niger.
This much was the opinion of Alhaji Shehu Abdulkadir, the proprietor of Super Lion Football Academy after the Golden Eagles put his Suleja-based side to the sword s in a 10-goal thriller mid week.
In a pulsating match at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Pitch in Abuja on Wednesday, the Super Lion fell like a pack of cards as the Golden Eaglets turned on the style scoring some breathtaking goals.
“I’m highly impressed about the standard displayed by the National Under-17 team,” said Abdulkadir, the chair of Haidar Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited.
He added: “I forewarned my team that the least they can do is to contain the Golden Eaglets but I never knew they could batter us like this.
“But despite the high-margin loss by my team, I’m so happy that the Golden Eaglets can put up such a wonderful performance and we shall be supporting them all the way in their coming competition in Niger.”
Meanwhile, Super Lion’s Coach, Donald Owelijah, equally admitted that the Golden Eaglets were technically superior against his side, praying for a rematch to turn the tide against the Niger 2015- side.
“Of course, I was disappointed with the way we lost but you cannot take anyway from the Golden Eaglets with the way they fought for every ball against us,” Owelijah said. “I’m quite impressed with their penetrative passes and above all, these are young boys who played with little errors; I love their fresh faces.”
He commended the Golden Eaglets’ spirited efforts and tactical awareness, adding they would be hard to beat should they show such resilience at the forthcoming 11th African U-17 Championship to be hosted in Niamey between February 15 and March 1.
Incidentally, Wednesday’s victory was Golden Eaglets’ 18 in 19 domestic friendly matches plus a goalless draw recorded against Anantigha Stars on July 12, 2014 in Calabar.
The Golden Eaglets would expectedly play more fine-tuning matches toward s their preparation for the continental cadet championship where they have been drawn in Group A against host Niger, Guinea and Zambia.