After observing a break in honour the fallen Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amodu Shuaibu, the Head Coach of the national U-17 team, Manu Garba yesterday resumed the teams’ screening process with over 80 players in attendance at the FIFA Goal project field of the Abuja National stadium
The team suspended its screening last Saturday when the news broke that the NFF technical director was dead.
The training session which lasted till about 2pm yesterday saw the introduction of new entrants in the team, increasing the number of players vying for positions to over 80, against the reported 40 last week.
Speaking with the newsmen at the end of the session, coach Garba said that he had to resume training owing to the urgency to pick a team for the forthcoming African U-17 championship qualifiers.
“Actually I decided to accord coach Amoudu some respect by suspending our screening exercise for some days, but when you look at the task ahead. We had no option than to call off the mourning period. I know that wherever he is today, he would wish us to continue with the exercise, as he was a progressive minded man, who never gave room for laziness.
“I will always remember him for the role he played in forming me to a great player, especially when he coached us at El-kanemi. We won the FA cup, and I was the team captain then,” he stated.