Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke has helped rescue cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) by offering to foot the bills of the camping of the national under-17 football team, the Golden Eaglets ahead of the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
An NFF delegation led by the Vice President Chief Mike Umeh met with Governor Imoke and the state Commissioner of Sports, Patrick Ugbe in calabar on Thursday.
The titbit of the meeting was the governor’s consent to the idea of having the Eaglets camp in Calabar at the state government’s expense. As a result, the Eaglets are expected to resume camping immediately.
Confirming the news, a delightful Chief Umeh said: “I led a delegation to Calabar to congratulate the Governor on his birthday and to also decorate him with his silver medal which the Eaglets won in Morocco.
“We also asked the Governor for assistance in the camping of the eaglets ahead of the U-17 World Cup which he graciously agreed and called for the immediate resumption of the boys called to camp.
“The Governor said he has adopted the eaglets as sons of Cross River State. The boys will move to camp immediately,” Umeh added.