The Golden Eaglets were formally welcomed back home to Calabar, the Cross River State capital on Friday.
Messages of goodwill from the Executive Governor of the State, Liyel Imoke, who is currently on medical trip in the U.S. as well as that of Acting Governor, Efiok Cobham, were delivered to the team by the state's Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Patrick Ugbe.
The National Under-17 team who returned this week to their camp in Calabar to prepare for the 10th African Cadet Championship to be hosted by Morocco in April, have been enjoined to concentrate fully on the task at hand in order to give Nigerians something to cheer about as the country celebrates the Centenary anniversary of its amalgamation.
Mr. Ugbe quoted the governor and his deputy as saying that they expect the Golden Eaglets to go all the way and bring the trophy home for the first time since 2007, adding that the success of the Super Eagles at the 2013 AFCON has justified the huge support of the state to the national teams.
"We are very happy to have you back in Calabar and I'm happier to convey to you the best wishes of Senator Imoke and Barrister Cobham," Mr. Ugbe told players and officials at their Princeville Hotel Camp shortly after breakfast."
"We have so much faith in you and Nigerian football in general; and that is why we have spared nothing towards your welfare and that of the Super Eagles since you started camping in Calabar," he said.
He implored the Golden Eaglets to draw inspiration from the Super Eagles' impressive performance at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, saying both teams are now on the threshold of history.
"We are expecting the Super Eagles as well as you to bring the African trophies here to Calabar for huge celebration," said Mr. Ugbe. He prayed for quick recovery of Eaglets' duo of Adamu Abubakar and Friday Njengo who were involved in an auto-crash, last Sunday, on their way to Calabar.
The Golden Eaglets have intensified prayers for the recuperating duo of Abubakar and Njengo as well as success of the Super Eagles as they square up against Burkina Faso on Sunday in the final match of the 2013 AFCON.