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Nigeria: Akpabio - Why I Invited Golden Eaglets

Organisers of the Golden birthday celebration of His Excellency, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, has been speaking on their novel choice of the Golden Eaglets as the star attraction of the event.

The national Under-17 team last weekend qualified for the 2013 African undet-17 Championship with aplomb by winning all their six matches and organisers said the motive behind their choice was to showcase them to the people of the state.

"We as well as His Excellency are very proud of the achievements of the Golden Eaglets in the recent qualifying matches and we felt that they are the ideal team that could add glamour to the Golden birthday anniversary of our Governor," Comrade John Ekpeyong, chairman of the Planning Committee, said during a special shoot of Sports Sense, a TV programme on the Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation that would be aired on Friday.

Ekpeyong said that it was imperative that the Golden Eaglets are invited for the event so that youths as well as local fans have a glimpse of the budding Nigerian stars, adding that the team has done so well in a short time.

Similarly, Mr. Ben Ekpo, veteran youth football organiser said that coming to Akwa Ibom was a great privilege for the Golden Eaglets as part of their education towards growing to be better Nigerians.

"Travelling is part of education and I'm so happy that the Nigeria Football Federation as well as the technical crew of the Golden Eaglets agreed to bring these boys to Uyo," said Ekpo, one of the brains behind the success story of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON).

"A lot of Nigerians don't even know this part of the country and we felt that bringing the Golden Eaglets here is an opportunity for them to see the transformation and the green environment under the astute leadership of Governor Akpabio."

The Golden Eaglets will on Sunday showcase their talents to the local fans against the state's selected team tagged Umana-Umana Babes at the Uyo Township Stadium at 6:30pm.

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