The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad II, has urged Nigeria’s Under -17 male football team, Golden Eaglets, to bring home the African U-17 Championship trophy.
A statement by the team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, yesterday said that the sultan made the call when the team made a courtesy call on him in Sokoto.
According to the statement, the sultan urged the Eaglets to be disciplined to enable them to succeed.
The statement added that the royal father prayed for the team’s success.
“ We want you to be good ambassadors of this country when you go to Niger; I want you to go and bring the trophy again to Nigeria.
“As you do this, you must be disciplined and listen to your coaches because without discipline you cannot achieve much as a footballer,’’ the statement quoted the royal father as saying.
It said that the sultan was delighted at the courtesy call.
“I am very happy to receive you on behalf of the people of Sokoto, and I want to believe this is the first time some of you are coming to the palace.
“In fact, this is the first time we are hosting a national team here at the palace,’’ the statement also quoted the sultan as saying.
It said that the Head Coach of the team, Emmanuel Amuneke, and the Captain, Kelechi Nwakali, thanked the royal father and the palace chiefs for hosting the team and praying for the players.
It said that they promised that the team would do its best to win the tournament.
The national team arrived in Sokoto on Friday from where they would depart for Niger Republic.
The Eaglets have been drawn in Group A of the African championship alongside hosts, Niger Republic, Guinea and Zambia.
Nigeria and Niger Republic will play the championship’s opening match on Sunday at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché (SGSK).
The championship is billed to end on March 1.
Nigeria emerged champions in 2001 and 2007. The tournament began in 1995.
NDDC U-17 Peace Cup To Resume In Uyo
The long awaited finale of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) U-17 Peace Cup would expectedly resume next week as two qualified teams from the nine states converge in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Technical Director of the tournament Etim Esin in a statement on behalf of the Local Organising Committee Chairman John Ekpeyong and Secretary Ada Gwegwe yesterday said the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, will declare the tournament open.
It added that the Special Assistant to the President Muhammad Buhari, on Sports Development, Coach Daniel Amokachi, NFF Technical Director Coach Augustine Eguavoen along with football legend Taribo West and other notable Niger Delta-based and foreign scouts will be on ground.
The LOC appreciated the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, for his support towards the conclusion of the tournament, adding that it is better late than never, as the competition will still be among his numerous legacies.
According to the statement, the arrival date for participating teams is 11th of December, while screening of teams and official kick off, will take place the following day.
The statement further called on the Coordinators of the states not to forget the rules of engagement, especially on the age bracket of the players, as the screening will be strict, for the aim of the competition to be achieved.
FIBA World Cup: Kida Lauds D’Tigers’ Strong Qualifiers Start
Top basketball administrator and immediate past Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) president, Engr Musa Kida, has congratulated the D’Tigers for starting their 2022 FIBA World Cup on a strong note after picking two victories in three matches.
With five points from a possible six and a superior point difference, the team sits comfortably atop group A ahead of the next round of games coming up by the 27th of June, 2022.
Kida described the team’s performance as inspiring despite peculiar circumstances surrounding the federation’s election as well as FIBA’s stance over Nigeria’s participation at the qualifiers.
“It is really nice to start such important qualifiers on a winning note which is very good for our chances of qualifying for the World Cup. We had to put our administrative differences aside for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians.”
“We feel elated and justified that our decision to give FIBA the go ahead to register the team which enabled them participate paid off in the long run as we join hands with all stakeholders to continue growing the game in Nigeria”.
16 teams are vying for the available five spots at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup with Nigeria grouped alongside Mali, Cape Verde and Uganda.
“The top three teams from each group will advance to the Second Round of the African Qualifiers and will join three other teams to create two six-team groups with results from the preliminary rounds carried over,” Musa added.
AWCON Qualifiers: Ebi Targets Revenge Against Ivory Coast
Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi, says the team will go all out for revenge when they clash against Ivory Coast in their final 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers next year.
The qualifying game which will be played on a home and away basis is scheduled for February 13 and 17 with the winners qualifying for the AWCON in Morocco.
The Falcons who will be hoping to defend the title they won at the 2018 in Ghana are eyeing their 10th trophy Morocco but to qualify for the event, they’ll have to go past the Ivorians who knocked them out of contention for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Ebi, who is Nigeria’s current longest-serving player says her aim is to avenge the loss that saw them miss out on the 2020 Olympics at the hands of the Ivorians.
“I can tell you that we still nurse the pain of missing out of the Tokyo Olympics as a result of the loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the qualifying series,” Ebi said.
“This time, we will repay them in their own coins. Personally, I want to play in the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup, and I know it is the same for my teammates.”
The Falcons are the most successful African women’s team in the world and have won the AWCON a record nine times and will be hoping to get their 10th next year after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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