Dr. Patrick Okon, Hon. Chairman of Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State, is confident that the Golden Eaglets would triumph in their upcoming African U-17 Championship qualifier against Gabon.
The Emmanuel Amuneke-tutored side suffered a 2-1 loss to Gabon penultimate Sunday in Libreville but have since intensified their training in order to turn the table against the visitors in the decisive second leg-final round qualifier.
But speaking against the backdrop of his
team, Akpabuyo United’s 1-0 loss to National Under-17 side at the weekend, Okon said he was okay with their standard as they brace up for further challenges.
“I was really impressed with the two teams but more especially with
our boys who did well despite playing against the national team,” observed Okon.
“This team is just about eight months old and we believe this kind of exposure against a strong side like Golden Eaglets would help us.”
Speaking in similar vein, Dr Imeh Eshiet, one of the financiers of Akpabuyo United, said he was pleasantly surprised with the makeup of the Golden Eaglets under Amuneke.
“I’m so happy to be here to watch the Golden Eaglets especially the opportunity of meeting Emmanuel Amuneke who is one of my all-time favourite players,” he said.
“I’m impressed because when you look at the boys he has put together on television, you think they are big.”
He further commended the team for being able to contain the supposedly stronger Akpabuyo United who are current Cross River State’s League Champions:
“These are small boys having seen them at close quarters and displaying such agility and composure against our boys was delightful.”