This Day (Lagos)

18 August 2012

Nigeria: No Sallah Break for Golden Eaglets

Muslims in the Golden Eaglets would on Sunday offer special prayers for the team during the celebration of

Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the one-month long Ramadan fasting.

No fewer than 12 Golden Eaglets' young guns observed the Ramadan fasting which is one of the tenets of Islam and their commitment to the cause of the team was there for all to see as they featured in all the team's training sessions as well as distinguishing themselves in practice matches.

Manu Garba (MFR), the Golden Eaglets' Head coach, said the Ramadan was an opportunity to offer prayers to God to bless the efforts of the team over the last few months as the qualifiers for the 2013 African Under-17 get underway.

"We are happy that Allah has provided and catered for us throughout the Ramadan," he said.

"It was an opportunity for us to ask for divine blessings on what we are doing and we are confident that God would accept our prayers.

"I'm impressed with the conduct of the players throughout the Ramadan and we pray that Allah bless all the spiritual sacrifices we've made and ultimately, crown our efforts with the team," Garba explained.

In a related development, management of Princeville Hotel have pledged the Golden Eaglets' Muslim community sumptuous meal for Sallah.

The players would round off the celebration with a barbeque get-together later Sunday evening.

"This would be my first Sallah outside Kano but I have really enjoyed my stay here in Calabar," noted Zaharadden Bello, who was voted the best defender at a recent football tournament sponsored by a telecommunications outfit in Lagos.

"The Ramadan has been good and it did not affect us since we were able to do join our teammates on the pitch."

Meanwhile, Coach Garba Manu informed that the team would resume training on Monday despite the two-day public holiday declared by the Federal Government, saying that the business at hand demands focus and seriousness.

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