The Nigeria Football Federation has lauded the Cross Rivers State government for agreeing to host a one-month camping programme of the U-17 National Team, Golden Eaglets.

Sports-loving Governor Liyel Imoke has approved an all-expenses-paid camping for the three-time world champions, which begins in Calabar on Sunday.

NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari said: “The NFF is very grateful to Governor Imoke, his administration and the good people of Cross River State for this wonderful gesture. Of course, Governor Imoke has always been there for the NFF and for Nigeria football.

“He has always been ready to host our matches and we also remember how Calabar emerged one of the best centres during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009. The Super Eagles have played three big matches in Calabar during his tenure. We believe this gesture would continue,” said Maigari.

The U-17 Team is in the second phase of its camping programme as Head coach Manu Garba and his crew go through the process of building a new team for the 2013 African U-17 Championship qualifying series, which begin in September with a clash against Niger.

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