Golden Eaglets’ Head coach, Manu Garba (MFR), has been commended for his meritorious contribution to the development of Nigerian football by erstwhile Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima.
The charismatic administrator was full of praises for Manu when the NFF delegation to Kano led the record-breaking victorious Golden Eaglets to his modest home in Faggae Area on Tuesday. He said Manu is a leading light amongst indigenous coaches even as he counseled the Golden Eaglets about their future lives.
“I’m particularly happy about what Manu has achieved in his coaching career, and I’m really proud about the fact that he fulfilled the promise to win the World Cup before the team
departed for UAE”, said Galadima, who handed a special gift pack to Manu afterwards.
“I’m giving you this as a token of appreciation for a job well done in the UAE and I wish you success in future endeavours”.
Galadima later canvassed for the elevation of Manu, and urged the NFF to marshal a master plan for the World Cup-winning U-17 team. He said it was the duty of the NFF to protect the players
against the exploitative tendencies of greedy agents while equally advising the players to combine education with their fledgling careers.
“I congratulate the entire team for the successful campaign but while we bask in the euphoria, we should be concerned about the
future of these youngsters”, noted Galadima”.
Frankly, I want a proviso of allowing these boys to have schooling inserted into any professional contract with foreign clubs because having education would put them in good stead”.
Meanwhile, Galadima believes the NFF, under Alh. Aminu Maigari should be given a fresh mandate to consolidate on their impressive performances particularly in the outgoing Year 2013.
Galadima said this as much when Hon. Suleiman Kwande led the victorious Golden Eaglets alongside other board members on a courtesy call on him on Tuesday.
Kwande in his opening remarks thanked Galadima for his selfless
service to Nigerian football, saying it behoves on the leadership of the NFF to accord him due respect for his steadfastness over the years, hence the visit.
He informed Galadima that Maigari was unavoidably absent at the gathering because he returned to Abuja immediately after
reception for the Golden Eaglets by Kano State government for a
scheduled trip to Brazil ahead of 2014 World Cup draws on Friday.
Elections are due into the board next year and Galadima reckons that the Magari’s team deserve another term to sustain the momentum, and advised the stakeholders to come together for the betterment of Nigerian football.