Sultan Charges Eaglets To Win African Tourney

His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV, the Sultan of
Sokoto, has charged the Golden Eaglets to ‘ go and bring the African U-17 Championship trophy’ as he prayed for the team’s successful outing at Niger 2015 tournament holding in Niger between 15 February and 1 March.
The national U-17 team who are in Sokoto to finalise their preparation for the tournament, paid a courtesy call on the titular ruler of Sokoto in his palace on Monday at the behest of Kogunan Sakwatto, Mallam Danladi Nasir Bako, the Sokoto’s state commissioner for information.
In the presence of some of his high-ranking palace chiefs, the Sultan who is a keen follower of soccer, advised the youngsters to be disciplined and focus on the assignment at hand in Niger in order to bring honour to the country.
“I’m very happy to receive on behalf of the hospitable people of
Sokoto and I want to believe this is the first time some of you are coming to the palace,” the Sultan told his guest led by Coach Emmanuel Amuneke.
“In fact, this is the first time we are hosting a national
team here at the palace and I’m particularly delighted to formally
welcome all of you to the palace as this would afford you the
opportunity to know that the Sultan is a human being like you.”
The Amirul Mumineen said he was thrilled that the team dimmed it fit to pay him a courtesy call and seek blessings before embarking on the trip to Niger and counselled they remained good ambassadors of the country.
He further counselled the officials to continue to play fatherly roles to the players whom he warned ‘to obey without question.’
“Personally, I want you to go and bring the trophy again to Nigeria. But even as you do this, you must be disciplined and listen to your coaches because without discipline you
cannot achieve much even as a footballer.”
The former military officer further counselled the players never to neglect their education and never to be carried away with the stardom of being footballers.
Both Coach Amuneke and Captain Kelechi Nwakali took turn to thank the Sultan and the palace chiefs for finding time out of their busy schedule to host and offered prayers on behalf of the team, promising to do everything humanly possible and in the true spirit of sportsmanship, to conquer the continent in Niger.

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