he Ambassador Christopher Giwa led board of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has assured Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba and his team of all the necessary support as they prepare for the African Under-17 regional qualifiers in Niger Republic.
The board members who were on a fact finding mission visited the Eaglets at the FIFA Goal Project Package B of the Abuja National Stadium,and the Flying Eagles at their Chida Hotel camp.
Effiong Johnson, who spoke on behalf of the board, conveyed the best wishes of the NFF President, Ambassador Chris Giwa to Coach Garba, saying “we are here at the instance of the President who would have loved to be here to see you and the boys”
“Mr President is however unavoidably absent as he had to attend another urgent meeting as we were about to leave, but he sends his greetings” Effiong said.
The Chairman of chairmen enjoined the team to be focused and continue to work towards success at the qualifiers in Niger Republic.
“Mr President said you should choose the best players available as no board member will choose or impose any player on you”
He added, “the issue of funds, your allowances and training materials you talked about will be addressed soon, just focus on your Training and be rest assured you will have no cause to worry.
Effiong however requested that Coach Garba submit his needs in writing alongside the names of the 60 players who will be shortlisted for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI ahead of the qualifiers.
Earlier Coach Garba had highlighted some of his challenges to include training materials, the need to subject the players to the MRI fast and allowances for the team.
“Once we are done with this MRI, we will move into close camping with 30 or 35 players who scale the hurdle for the qualifiers coming up from August 19”.
Coach Garba further stated that “I have no doubt that the players we have will do the country proud at the regional qualifiers in Niger Republic”
“So far we have played nine friendly matches with teams from across the country scoring 65 goals and conceding nine,” Coach Garba concluded.
The board members who were on the tour include Dr Shehu Adamu, Muazu Suleiman, Sani Fema, Yahya Adama, and OTUNBA Sunday Ajayi. The NFF Technical Director, Bitrus Bewarang also accompanied the team.