The national Under-17 team need not fret when they confront the rest of the continent at the forthcoming 2013 CAF Under-17 tournament to be held in Morocco since prayers of the Nigerian populace would go with them.
A Priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Calabar and current Principal of St. Patrick’s College, Ikot Ansa, Calabar, Rev. Fr. Dominic Effiong Umo, gave this assurance Sunday. The Priest who has been one of the unseen hands behind the success of the Golden Eaglets as he graciously allowed the team to make use of the school’s training facilities as well as supporting them with constant prayers.
A former alumnus of the famous school known far and wide as SPC, Rev. Fr. Umo, said the Golden Eaglets have done extremely well as a result of using a sacred training facility for their preparations.
“Some go to the mission through their presence,” he said in a conversation with officials of the team. “Others go to the mission through their donation and some people go by offering prayers to support the mission. “We can’t all go to the field and play football but we have supported the national Under-17 team in our best possible way. St. Patrick’s College which is their training ground is a blessed environment and this has indeed rubbed off on the Golden Eaglets,” he said.
Besides using the SPC as regular its training base , the Golden Eaglets won all the 10 domestic matches played on the hallowed turf-the last being the 5-0 white wash of Diamond FC Academy of Umuahia at the weekend.