Only hardwork and discipline can make players, who aspire to represent Nigeria in this year’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup, to excel at the tournament, a member of the Nigeria senior national soccer team has said. Making this counseling midweek during his visit to the training ground of the Golden Eaglets in Abuja, Kenneth Omeruo urged the players to push themselves hard to attain stardom.
“My mission here today is to come and encourage you and from my own experience, it is only hard work that can get you to the top,” said the Chelsea defender who is on loan at Middlesbrough in the English Premier League.
“I met a huge crowd more than what I saw here today when I came for the Golden Eaglets screening in 2009; though we Nigerians always believe you must know somebody to make it, I was able to make the team and got to play through hard work and prayers.”
Golden Eaglets’ captain Kelechi Nwakali, who spoke on behalf of the players, thanked Omeruo for the encouraging visit, pledging that the youngsters would tow the inspiring path of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner.
“We are happy that you are here today to give us useful advice,” Nwakali said. “You are our hero and we are going to do everything you have told us in order to make Nigeria proud in Chile.” Meanwhile the Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Emenike, said the technical crew was making painstaking efforts in selection of the players due to the obvious challenges at this level, adding he was confident Nigeria would be hard to beat in Chile come October.
“We want to remain focus and get the business done,” he said. “When the time is right everybody will know which players we’ve chosen and what the team looks like.”