Coach Manu Garba

Coach Manu Garba (MFR) has dedicated Nigeria?s fourth record FIFA Under-17 World Cup victory to both President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Hajiya Babita Garba after Golden Eaglets 3-0 thrashing of Mexico on Friday in Abu Dhabi.

Away from the battery of cameras and in the hallowed corridors of Al Jazira?s dressing room in Abu Dhabi, Manu said both President Jonathan and his jewel of inestimable value more than anybody deserved praises for the feat he achieved with his team. He recalled it was only
President Jonathan that hosted the team upon their team?s return from the CAN Under-17 Championship where they came second.

“This trophy is for President Goodluck Jonathan who had a strong belief in us despite the fact that we came second at the African championship,” Manu said.

?We were really fired up when he hosted us after the African Championship and we are looking forward to meeting Mr. President again with the World Cup Trophy.?

Manu described President Jonathan as a very lucky man after the Golden Eaglets followed the footsteps of the Super Eagles for winning a major trophy in 2013.

The senior national team started the year with glorious outing at the AFCON in South Africa and the Golden Eaglets
World Cup win is more than an icing on the cake as 2013 drags to an end.

He revealed that the first person he called immediately after the final  whistle of the match that saw his young guns  dethrone Mexico as the World Under-17 Champions and entered the pantheon of  world football as the first to win a record fourth world title was his wife.

?In fact, for the past four months I was not able to see my wife because of the
nature of this job and I?m so happy that all the efforts we put into this work was not in vain,? he said.

?I want to use this opportunity to thank my wife so much for taking care of the home front.?

Manu also heaped praises on  both Senator Liyel Imoke,  Governor of Cross River State  and  Nigeria?s Ambassador  to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Ibrahim Auwalu who rode  on the team?s bus in company of NFF?s President Alhaji Aminu Maigari for a dinner reception hosted by Nigeria?s Embassy  in the UAE.


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