The Moment (London)

29 August 2011

Nigeria: Ugbade Promises World-Class Eaglets

NEWLY-APPOINTED Golden Eaglets assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade has promised Nigerian soccer fans that the newly assembled technical crew would spare no effort in raising a world-class team for the country.

The former Super Eagles player who, in 1985, captained Nigeria to win the maiden edition of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in China, said only players who are capable of delivering the goods and equally fall within the stipulated age bracket would be invited to prove their worth.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had last Wednesday announced a new technical crew for the Golden Eaglets, naming Nduka Ugbade and Emmanuel Amunike as assistants to Head Coach Manu Garba, while Emeka Amadi is the goalkeepers' trainer.

While speaking on his new job, Ugbade noted that the new technical crew was clearly aware of the enormous responsibilities placed on them.

'We know that Nigerians are expecting nothing but the best from us, because the Under-17 team used to be our pride. And this is the reason why all we are going to do will be on merit,' he said.

Ugbade assured that the issue of using over-aged players would be tackled headlong. According to him, 'there are abundant talented and skillful players in every corner of this country and it's our responsibility to fish them out.

Once this is done I'm sure we will have enough players from which to raise a good team that everybody will be proud of.'

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