Ogenyi Onazi, Super Eagles star midfielder, made a visit to the Golden Eaglets’ CJ Planet Hotel camp in Abuja on Monday’s evening with a clarion call on the lads to work and pray!
His presence virtually lightened the team’s dining hall as the lads revelled with joy over the presence of the 2013 African Cup of Nations winner.
The Italy-based midfielder said his visit was a twin opportunity to seek counsel from Golden Eaglets’ coach, Emmanuel Amuneke ahead of the 201 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as well as offer
the wards under his care the benefit of his experience as a graduate of the National Under-17 team.
Speaking briefly with the players, Onazi advised them to give more than 100 hundred percent while donning the national team jerseys, asking the players to repose the confidence of the coaching crew that picked them.
“I’m not here to tell you any long story but just to advise,” said the Lazio’s midfielder who was a FIFA Under-17 World Cup silver medallist with the Golden Eaglets in 2009.”I want you to put your mind into what you are doing because only hard work and prayers can help you as you
are starting your careers.”
He further advised the players to pay attention to the instructions of the coaches since there are millions out there who would never get such opportunity of playing for the country.
“Very soon, some of you would be playing for the country in tournaments and if you get such opportunity, please do your best,” he equally said.”Even if it’s only five minutes you get to play, let the technical crew regret the fact that they were keeping you on the bench
for long time.”
This was not the first time that Onazi would be identifying with the Golden Eaglets. It would be recalled that Onazi who watch briefly the team’s morning training NFF/ FIFA Goal Project Pitch on Tuesday, gifted each member of the 2013 FIFA World Cup-winning team a pair of
soccer boots after their conquest in the United Arab Emirates.
…Team to face Football College Wednesday
In continuation of their preparation ahead of the WAFU B Tournament in
Togo, the Golden Eaglets would file out against youngsters from Abuja
Football College at the NFF/ FIFA Goal Project Pitch on Wednesday at
It would be Golden Eaglets’ second test game; coming on the heel of
their 6-0 win against the Women’s National Team, the Super Falcons
Meanwhile, the budding Golden Eaglets have been told for the umpteenth
time that only merit would guarantee them a place in the national
“We are not under any obligation to keep any player that would not be
useful to us,” warned Coach Emmanuel Amuneke.” The reason why we
picked you amongst thousands is because we believe in you but it is
now left for you to convince us that you can do the job.
The former Nigerian international impressed it upon the players the
enormous task ahead of them, adding that they must take routine
training sessions and friendly matches seriously.