General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi has charged the Flying Eagles to make the nation proud at the WAFU B Under 20 tourney in Benin Republic.
The Federation scribe paid a courtesy visit to the camp of the U20 squad who are on the last lap of preparations for the WAFU B U20 tournament.
Sanusi admonished the youthful squad to be physically and mentally ready for the challenge ahead.
“I must, first of all, congratulate you for being selected among all the players that came to try out for selection to represent Nigerian in the WAFU competition,” Sanusi said in parts.
“You must use this a springboard to show your coaches and Nigerians that it was not a mistake that you were picked to represent the country. I must warn you it will not be easy. You have to try your best to be mentally and physically ready for the matches because it will not be easy.” He charged them, telling NFF media crew
He told them to adhere to the instructions of their coaches, telling them to be disciplined as they represent the national everywhere they go.
“You have to listen to your coaches and obey their instructions and most importantly, you must be disciplined at all times. You are not just representing yourselves and your families, but Nigerians who will look up to you to do the nation proud,” Dr Sanusi said
Sanusi also assured the players and officials that the Federation is totally behind them and will not relent in the area of their welfare. He stated that he was able to appraise the stadium where the games will take place and has also made sure all the necessary arrangements for the comfortable stay of the team in Benin Republic was sorted before he left.
“I was opportuned to be in Cotonou for a CAF Confederations Cup game and I used the opportunity to check on arrangements made for you. Everything is sorted now and it is left for you to do us proud when the competition begins.” He narrated
“The NFF is also working towards making sure all your entitlements due to you are settled. You must be focused on the task at hand while you can be rest assured of our total support,” he added.
The Flying Eagles who are in Group B will start the match against Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday at the Stade Charles de Gaulles in Porto Novo.