Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria/Mali: Gov Imoke Urges Eaglets to Beat Mali

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In order to prove that their 2-0 first leg win in Calabar penultimate Sunday was not a fluke, Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, has charged the Golden Eaglets to go for an outright victory against Mali on Sunday to secure a ticket to the 2013 African U-17 Championship in Morocco.

Speaking through his Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Patrick Ugbe, Imoke said the Nigerian youngsters have all that it takes to beat the Junior Eagles of Mali on their home soil.

"We have seen what you are capable of doing over time and I'm very proud that you have won all your past matches including the 2-0 victory over Mali the last time," he said.

"You must therefore go a step further by winning your last game in Bamako to show everyone that your victory over the Malians in Calabar was because you are the better side."

The crucial Sunday game in Bamako has elicited varied interest following the manner the Golden Eaglets outplayed their supposedly bigger and stronger rivals in Calabar.

"Winning football matches is not about size and I want you to get the job done on Sunday by ensuring that you secure the ticket to the African Championship in Morocco in flying colours," said Imoke.

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