CAF Boss, Hayatou Inspires Eaglets

President of the Confederation of African Football, Alhaji Issa
Hayatou, on Monday paid an inspirational visit to the Intercontinental
Hotel abode of the U-17 National Team of Nigeria, during which he
encouraged the Golden Eaglets to set a tournament record by winning a
fourth world title here in the United Arab Emirates.
Hayatou, in company with CAF 1st Vice President, Almamy Kabele Camara
and FIFA Executive Committee member, Mohamed Raouraoua, praised the
resilience of the Nigerian youngsters especially in the quarter final
duel with Uruguay on Saturday.
“You have displayed a high level of skill and intelligence in this
tournament that we have not seen in an African team for a long time. I
am not surprised at your progress here because I saw you at the CAN
U-17 Championship in Morocco and I was highly impressed.
“I am particularly excited with your performance against Uruguay, despite missing a number of injured players. I believe you are already
in the final. The African football family is fully behind you,”
Hayatou said.
The African football supremo also charged the boys to forget Nigeria’s
three earlier triumphs in the competition and rather focus on writing
their own names in gold.
“Yes, Nigeria has won the competition three times before, but that was
done by other players. Now, it is your opportunity to write your own
names in gold. I believe you have the talent, intelligence and
resilience to go all the way.”
President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who
received the CAF President, lauded the visit and assured that the
Eaglets are fully motivated to go all out against the Swedes in
Tuesday’s semi final at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai.
“It is a huge honour to have the CAF President visit any team in the
middle of a tournament, because of his very tight schedule. We are
assuring you that our boys are able and ready to do the African
continent proud.”
Head Coach, Manu Garba, who calls his boys “great warriors of Africa”
said Hayatou’s visit is a massive motivation and the Eaglets cannot
fail Africa at this stage. “We will take our remaining challenges in
the tournament one at a time, starting with the semi final against
Sweden on Tuesday evening.”
Also present during the visit were former CAF Director of
Communications, Suleiman Habuba, Director of Sports in Katsina State,
Kofan Soro Mohammed, NFF’s Assistant Director of Media, Ademola Olajire, Head of International, Bola Oyeyode, Personal Assistant to
NFF President, Nasiru Jibril, the technical crew, backroom staff and
all 21 players.

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