Super Eagles assistant coach, Ike Shorunmu has given accolades to the junior national team, Flying Eagles, saying the youngsters have the potential to become the nucleus of the senior national team in the nearest future.
Shorunmu spoke against the backdrop of the U-20 National team’s impressive run in the concluded Super Six tournament which the squad annexed almost with ease.
“I watched the first three of their matches in the Super Six and I was delighted with their performance”, confessed Shorunmu the former Super Eagles goalkeeper.
“There was discipline in their play, their transition from defence to midfield and to attack was excellent and I must say it’s a credit to the coaches for doing such a good job”.
The former Beskitas of Turkey shot-stopper is confident that the team has what it takes to rule the continent when the African Youth Championship, AYC, gets underway in Senegal next month.
“I’m not surprised they won the Super Six. They deserved to win judging from what I saw of them in the three games I watched.
“If they can replicate such form in Senegal, during the AYC, if this is what they will be taking to the championship, surely they can come back with something positive”.
The former Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC of Ibadan goal tender believes the team as presently constituted, represents the future of the senior national team, Super Eagles.
“Why not, they can, if the players don’t lose their heads, its one thing to be a good player and another to plan and equip oneself for the future.
“If this is done, if they keep their heads down, why not, they will take the center stage in the future Super Eagles”.