The Nigeria Football Federation has called on Nigerians to fully support the U-20 National Team, Flying Eagles, as the team has shown commitment to qualifying for the 2013 African Youth Championship to be hosted by Algeria.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Chairman of NFF’s Media and Publicity Committee, High Chief Emeka Inyama urged ball fans to forgive the team for a poor outing at the Cape Town International Challenge at the end of May and the defeat by Rwanda’s U-20 Team in an international friendly in Kigali on Tuesday last week.
“I was not happy with the team when it lost all three matches at the Cape Town International Challenge,” said Inyama, who was leader of delegation to that invitational tournament. “And I made it clear to the Head Coach, his crew and the players that Nigerians would be angry with them.
“However, after losing to Rwanda, the team has realized the enormity of the task before it and this clearly reflected in the way and manner they charged at their Tanzanian hosts and scored two goals before the hosts could not score one.
“It is now contingent upon us all – NFF, ball fans and the generality of Nigerians – to forget what has happened of recent and give the team full backing for the challenges ahead.”
Inyama charged ardent football fans to be at the Ilorin Township Stadium on Sunday, 12th August to cheer the Flying Eagles when they take on Tanzania’s Ngorogoro Heroes in the return leg of their 2013 African Youth Championship fixture.
“We cannot afford to rest on our oars and think that the fixture is over, simply because we won the first leg. It is important to to stay focused and for Nigerians to get behind the team full steam.