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Morocco 2013: Tearful Eaglet Begs Nigerians

Hours after his terrible penalty kick ostentatiously cost the Golden Eaglets the chance to win a record third CAN Under-17 Championship in Morocco, Chidiebere Nwakali is still crying his heart out. Nwakali had distinguished himself throughout the tournament especially in Saturday’s finale when he provided the corner kick that resulted into the Golden Eaglets solitary goal in the 1-1 draw against Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire before his bizarre penalty kick gifted the Ivorians. “I didn’t know what came over me as I marched to take my kick after Success had scored the first one for us,” a crest fallen Nwakali said. “My coaches picked me because they have the confidence in me since we actually trained several times on the techniques of scoring penalty,” he noted. But Nwakali’s effort was not good on the night as he simply rolled his penalty over to the opposing goalkeeper to the chagrin of the coaching crew. “It is unbelievable and throughout the night I was just thinking about what was going through his mind when he wanted to take then penalty kick,” a stunned Nduka Ugbade, Golden Eaglets’ assistant coach said. “I have to ask him for my own scientific education and I guess he was simply paralysed and overwhelmed by the occasion.” Ugbade, the first Nigerian to lift a FIFA World Cup as captain of the victorious Golden Eaglets at China’85, said it was ironic that Nwakali turned from hero to a villain given his overall performance for the team. “I want to apologise to my coaches and Nigerians for letting them down,’ Nwakali said with tears still rolling in his eyes on Sunday afternoon. “I made up my mind what I wanted to do but I just can’t explain what happened to me. I’m deeply sorry.” Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has warned the Golden Eaglets to be up and coming least they would be shown the exit. Smarting from the team’s runner-up finish at the 2013 CAN Under-17 Championship, the NFF has categorically told the coaching crew not to condone any undisciplined conduct ahead of the 2013 World Cup in the UAE. This much was stressed by the top officials of the technical department of the NFF at a session with the team the morning after the debacle in Marrakech even as they stressed that “As a Federation, we want to thank the coaching crew and the backroom staff for bringing these boys to this level because qualifying for the World Cup as well as coming second was not a mean feat,” noted the Director Technical at the NFF, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme. “But having said that, the NFF would not condone any act of irresponsibility from any player because we want to build a virile national team and since this is the basis of all the national team.” Ikpeme, a trained sports psychologist who has been part and parcel of the team from the start, frowned at the conduct of some players during the duel against Cote d’Ivoire where defender Izu Omego earned a red card and midfielder, Chidiebere Nwakali collapsed under the weight of expectation with a terrible penalty kick. “Personally, I won’t feel good without saying this because we threw away the opportunity of becoming African champions at this level because of the irresponsible behaviours and specifically, this issue of red card and the penalty kick really bother everybody,” he said while admonishing the players to put in their best at any given opportunity. Coach Siji Lagunju, the Chief Technical officer at the NFF, who supervise d the team’s during their camping at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Doha and at the championship proper in Marrakech, equally advised the players to take the bull by the horns towards the 2013 Under-7 World Cup in the UAE in October. Tags: Sports, Nigeria, Morocco 2013, EAGLETS Rating: (0) 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 Print LATEST NEWS Nigeria: Pirates Kidnap Five Crew from Ship 29 Apr 2013 Atiku Decries Militarization of Democracy 29 Apr 2013 Jonathan: Nigeria is Committed to Strengthening Democracy 29 Apr 2013 Powerful Blast Rocks Central Prague 29 Apr 2013 Syrian PM Survives Car
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