Veteran Coach counsels Golden Eaglets’ crew

Respected coach and former Nigerian International, Mr. Charles Bassey (MON), has spoken well about the Golden Eaglets being put in shape to face the rest of the world at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the UAE come October.

Bassey, a member of the historic team that won the country’s first Africa Cup of Nations trophy on home soil in 1980, watched closely the National Under-17 team as they battled to a 1-0 win over the reserve team of Glo Premier League side, Akwa United at the Uyo Township Stadium on Wednesday.

“Overall, I scored the Golden Eaglets seventy percent because I foresee a good team in the offing,” said Bassey, a vastly experienced coach who incidentally is the Technical Director of Akwa United.

“They played well but as you expect of players at this level, there are few mistakes here and there.”

The Golden Eaglets were on Monday drawn against defending champions, Mexico and two new comers Sweden and Iraq in what purists considered as delicately tight group but Bassey opined that the Nigerian boys should be able to hold their own against any team.

He continued: “I have already shared my opinions on some of the lapses I noticed during the match against Akwa United with the coaching crew but by and large, I saw a skilful team that is full of determination; but they are not there yet but I believe they would be ready for the World Cup.”