Former head coach of national U-17 side, Manu Garba(OON) has yet again appealed to the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade to redeem the state’s gift to players and officials of the 2013 FIFA World Cup-winning squad.
Manu said it was about time Cross River State fulfil the pledge made to the players and officials by the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke after winning a historic fourth U-17 World Cup title for Nigeria in the UAE.
“It is two years ago that we won the World Cup in the UAE but unfortunately, we are yet to get the house gifts promised to all the players and officials by Cross River State government,” said Garba.
“All the 21 players and 10 officials that won the FIFA U17 World Cup in U A E,2013 have been calling me frequently asking questions on when we are going to get our houses promised us by our amiable Senator Imoke especially after the Super Eagles have gotten their landed property in Calabar from the former Governor.
Garba said Nigerians and indeed the Golden Eaglets class of 2013 were very grateful to Senator Imoke and all the good people of Cross River for their unalloyed support towards the success of the team two years ago and therefore beg incumbent Governor Ayade to complete the task.
“I want to use this opportunity to beg current Governor; Prof. Ben. Ayade to ensure that we get our houses because Senator Imoke who was instrumental to our victory in 2013 gave us the gift in good faith,” noted Garba: ” We are hopeful and prayerful that Prof. Ayade would complete the good job started by Senator Imoke and give us our houses.”