The National Under-17 team, Golden Eaglets have arrived safely at the City of Al-Ain which is part of the Abu-Dhabi Emirate four days before they open
their account at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE.
The team embarked on the 98km journey from Dubai by luxury bus and got to their new home at Al-Ain Dinat Resort Hotel which also hosts other teams in Group F.
On hand to receive the team were officials of the Local Organising Committee and officials of Nigeria’s Embassy led by Mr. Edward Tamtam Kogbara, Minister, Protocol and Economic Matters; Mr. Paul Onwuemene amongst others
Immediately on arrival, Coach Manu Garba joined other representatives from Sweden, Iraq and Mexico in a formal welcome ceremony organised by the Local Organising Committee. The quartet jointly cut a huge cake as the camera clicked away.
“They have put us (Nigeria) in the top right corner on the cake and by the grace of God, we shall come out on top of this group,” coach Manu said.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets as well as their officials have received a certificate of participation in the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 during the Team Arrival Meeting held within the Hotel Premises.
FIFA Officials were on ground to cross check passports for the process of accreditation at the end of which all the players were certified okay.
In the meantime, the Golden Eaglets would train once on Pitch 3 at the Khalifa Bin Zayed stadium on Wednesday; with the morning session fixed for 8:00am local time.