Eaglets Coach Dedicates W/Cup To Jonathan

Golden Eaglets Chief Coach Manu Garba (MFR) has dedicated Nigeria’s fourth FIFA Under-17 World Cup victory to both President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Hajiya Babita Garba after Golden Eaglets 3-0 thrashing of Mexico on Friday in Abu Dhabi.
Away from the battery of cameras and in the hallowed corridors of Al
Jazira’s dressing room in Abu Dhabi, Manu said both President Jonathan
and his jewel of inestimable value more than anybody deserved praises
for the feat he achieved with his team.
He recalled it was only President Jonathan that hosted the team upon their return from the CAN Under-17 Championship, where they came second.
“This trophy is for President Goodluck Jonathan who had a strong belief in us despite the fact that we came second at the African championship,” Manu said. “We were really fired up when he hosted us after the African Championship and we are looking forward to meeting Mr. President again with the World Cup Trophy.”
Manu described President Jonathan as a very lucky man after the Golden
Eaglets followed the footsteps of the Super Eagles for winning a major
trophy in 2013.
The senior national team started the year with a glorious outing at the AFCON in South Africa and the Golden Eaglets just won the U-17 World Cup, which is more than an icing on the cake as 2013 drags to an
end.
He revealed that the first person he called immediately after the
final whistle of the match was his wife. The feat saw his young guns dethroned Mexico as the World Under-17 Champions and entered the pantheon of world football as the first to win a record fourth world title.“
In fact, I was not able to see my wife for the past four months because of the nature of this job and I’m so happy that all the efforts we put into this work was not in vain,” he said.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank my wife so much for taking care of the home front.”
Manu also heaped praises on both Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Ibrahim Auwalu who rode on the team’s bus in company of NFF’s President Alhaji Aminu Maigari for a dinner reception hosted by Nigeria’s Embassy in the UAE.


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