Ambassador Ehiobuche fetes Golden Eaglets
His Excellency, Dr. Grant Ehiobuche, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Congo Democratic Republic, hosted the Golden Eaglets to a dinner reception on Saturday after the national Under-17 team beat Les Leopards 1-0 in Kinshasa.
The dinner had in attendance the Association of Nigerians in the Diaspora in Congo Democratic Republic as well as officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) including leader of delegation, Rafiu Yusuf, Emmanuel Adesanya and Kut Kut Fon.
Ehiobuche, a career diplomat spanning over two decades, said he was happy that the Coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led side was able to wipe away the shame of Nigerians leaving in the central African country following the 3-1 thrashing of Kano Pillars and their subsequent elimination from the CAF Champions League in February.
He praised the resilience of the team yet counselling the players to be prayerful in order to become the next generation of African superstars.
“Personally, I’m happy for so many reasons apart from the fact that you beat Congo DR today,” stated the debonair diplomat who had previously served in Mexico, Japan, Sierra Leone amongst others.
“I actually prayed and fasted that this match should not be played in Lubumbashi because it is a more difficult terrain and I wouldn’t be able to host you well.
“My other prayer point was for you to come and beat Congo DR and God answered all my prayers regarding this match; and I’m so happy for the team and Nigerians as a whole.”
He warned the players to refrain from anything that could impede them from becoming great players, adding that it is about time that a Nigerian is crowned the African Footballer of the Year to follow on the legend of the late Rashid Yekini (1993); Amuneke (1994); Nwankwo Kanu (1996 & 1999) and Victor Ikpeba (1997).
“I want you to become truly great and I would be ready to even allow any one of you who becomes a real superstar to marry any of my daughters because I still have two that would in the future be within your marriage age,” he said amidst roaring laughter.
“What I’m saying in effect is that with prayers and hard work, you can become somebody very great in the future.”
Meanwhile, the victorious Golden Eaglets are due back in Nigeria today aboard Kenya Airways to continue their preparation for the second leg match against Congo Democratic Republic at most in a forthnight.
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