Golden Eaglets of Nigeria goes to 2015 African U16 Championship with an intimidating record. They are the current World Champions and runners up in the previous edition of the championship. Eaglets have won FIFA U16 World cup 4 times and the African U16 championship 8 times; something no country in the world have achieve at this level.
The African U16 Championship that will be held in Niamey Niger from February 15 to March 1, rank the Nigerian team as the clear favorite. Not just on their previous record, the current Eaglets are yet to lose after 26 domestic friendly matches and recently defeated Nigeria national league side, Sokoto united 2-0 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna in January 17.
Emmanuel Amunike tutored Eaglets team is now a delight to watch. The team can easily out play any opponent with their ball possession and tip-tap skills that can only be comparable to FC Barcelona’s style of play. The overwhelming display of bold skills and cohesion by these youngsters is something so thrilling to watch.
One thing so unique about this set of Eaglets is the way they easily win over the crowd. For instance, in their match against Sokoto united, the whole of Ahmadu Bello went agog with the display of the Eaglets. After the game, fans came around and sprayed money on several of the boys and took photo shots with them. It hasn’t been different in Sokoto, where the team is currently acclimatizing for the upcoming championship in Niger.
Today, Eaglets will engage Fasbir football Academy at the Giginya Memorial Stadium Sokoto, in their final build up game, before they travel to Niamey on Friday February 13. Be sure the whole stadium will be packed out for this friendly.
Amunike said that it is imperative to play a match here partly as a token of appreciation for the hospitality fans has shown to the team since their arrival in Sokoto.
“Apart from using the match as an opportunity to see the readiness of our players, we want to also appreciate the people of Sokoto for their support to us since we arrived here.”
When asked to compare his squad with that of the previous eaglets, now in flying Eagles. Amunike said, “No two teams are the same. The previous team won the world cup and you can’t beat that. The unique thing about them is their ruthlessness towards scoring goals. We have seen all that a landmark.now lets wait and see how the current boys turn out.”