–After beating Gabon 5-0 to qualify
Senator Liyel Imoke (CON), the amiable Executive Governor of Cross River State, has felicitated with the Golden Eaglets following their qualification for Niger 2015 African Championship after a five-star performance in a 5-0 massacre of Gabon at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar over the weekend.
Speaking to the players inside the locker room after the match on Saturday, Hon. Patrick Ugbe, the state’s commissioner for Sport and Youth Development, quoted the governor as saying he was glad that the Golden Eaglets sealed their qualification yet again in Calabar as did their predecessors on their way to winning the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
“Let me congratulate you on behalf of His Excellency, Governor Liyel Imoke for the wonderful performance you put up this evening (Saturday),” said Ugbe who represented the Governor as the Guest of Honour.
“The joy for me today, is that I was here on behalf of His Excellency to watch this wonderful performance and what you have done was to spell Gabon.”
Ugbe who was in company of Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme , NFF’s Director Technical, said the team deserved a part on the back for showing the visitors they were the better side despite losing 2-1 in Libreville.
He was of the opinion that they would go places in Niger with the same ‘never-say-die’ spirit and play against their peers without any fear.
“What you have shown them (the Gabonese) is that if not for their shenanigans when you went there, you would have beaten them,” Ugbe enthused. “I want you to carry same spirit while representing Nigeria at the championship (in Niger) and that spirit is the never-say-die spirit which is the spirit of the Nigerian. As you go to Niger, you don’t fear any opponent because you are representing over 160 million Nigerians and that alone should drive you.