Head Coach of the U15 National Team, known as the Future Eagles, Haruna Ilerika has said the focus of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and technical crew of the team is to build a formidable youth football system with the project.
Ilerika expressed excitement that the NFF has embraced the youth development in the country.
"For any country, football development is the key. The advanced countries have taken youth football development serious for decades and I am happy the NFF has also embraced the youth development.
"We look forward to building the stars of the future from this level, it’s a laudable project and we have started reaping the gains gradually with the progression of some the boys into the recent Golden Eaglets team. Kelechi Iheanacho passed through this stage in 2010 and in 2018 he featured at the FIFA World Cup. We have set our target at grooming the boys for a positive transition and progression," Ilerika said in a statement sent to Futaa.
The Future Eagles are currently camping in Sagamu, Ogun State ahead of an Eight-Nation U16 Invitational Tournament in Japan next month.
"The camp has been good; the boys are responding positively. The boys understand that the moment they are in camp, they must stay focused. We are here for business. We have been building team chemistry and character and bonding has been great. I’m impressed with the boys’ improvement," he said.
The Future Eagles are expected to depart for Japan in two weeks for the invitational tournament scheduled for Sendai.
"We will give the tournament a good fight, we hope to emerge as champions because if the boys start winning at this youth level, the mentality will be with the boys as they progress in their career and that will key into their mindset about emerging as champions at the world level.
The Future Eagles will play four tune-up games on Thursday and Friday against Remo Stars U15 and Ekofootball Future Stars in home-and-away format.