Abuja – Ariyo Bode, the Chairman, Ikare United Football Club of Ikare in Ondo State, on Monday said the Golden Eaglets’ performance portrays them as the future of the country’s football.
Bode told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the Eaglets’ 3-0 pounding of Brazil in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-finals in Chile on Sunday was remarkable.
“Their performance is also commendable so far, and it is awesome, and this is why the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should organise competitions that will help in keeping the players together.
“If the NFF and the National Sports Commission (NSC) can organise such competitions that will always keep these players together, I can see them representing us in the senior team,’’ he said.
Bode urged the Eaglets to fight hard in their semi-final match in order to book a place in the final match of the competition.
“These boys did well in all their games, expect the game against Croatia. But I must confess their match with Brazil was their best game ever since they started the championship.
“They now have to concentrate on their next game, because this is a crucial time for them. We are all looking forward to their victory.
“I am sure team coach Emmanuel Amuneke and other members of the technical crew must have gone back to the drawing board to do the needful.
“I believe in their ability to deliver. They will not fail us and I believe that they will make us proud. They must remember that we have a target.
“I am seeing them beyond the semi-final match. I can see them lifting the trophy,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the Golden Eaglets will face either Ecuador or Mexico on Thursday in the semi-finals of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The championship which began on Oct. 17 will end on Nov. 8.(NAN)