Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 December 2012

Nigeria: Eaglets Are Future of National Team, Says Green

Chairman, Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Christopher Green said yesterday that the U-17 National team would be groomed to become future Super Eagles players.

The Eaglets defeated their Malian counterparts 2-0 in Mali on Dec. 2 to qualify to take part in the African U-17 Championship, scheduled for Algeria next year on a 4-0 goal aggregate.

Green said in a telephone from Port Harcourt that the team's victory against Mali was commendable and a sign of good things to come.

According to him, the team played well and showed that they had good future for football in the country.

"Well. I want to thank God for what God has done for us. This is an experiment that we started long time ago, an experiment that started over eight months ago, where we put these boys together and started nurturing them, and this is the result.

"Real under 17 players, playing together as a complete unit.

"I want to say that they played marvellously well and that they have actually shown that they have future for football in this country because the way they played and the way they have gone through this series of this qualification showed that, by the grace of God, our future for the Super Eagles is very bright."

Green said the Eaglets would go on break and later get back to camp to prepare for the African Youth Championship.

On the protest against the over aged Malian team, Green said the NFF was keen on the outcome of the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

He said during the first leg match in Calabar two weeks ago, the NFF saw an over aged Malian team play against the Eaglets and decided to file the protest.

"We are not withdrawing the protest against the Malians.

"What we said at first, we said, it is not about winning, It is about honesty and following the rules of the game.

"Physiologically, they (Malians) did not look like players that are U-17 years, but we might be wrong.

"It is left for CAF to open an independent investigation into what we have just said. There is no harm in CAF doing it because it is going to help football in Africa, as a matter of fact."

Green said in spite of the protest, the NFF had shown that the Eaglets were not scared playing against any team in the continent.

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