The Punch

Watford turning to Eagles camp, says Pinnick

- KELVIN EKERETE

P resident of the nigeria Football Federation and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Pinnick, was in ecstasy at Hertfordsh­ire, england on Saturday as he watched the first training session of Nigeria midfield ace, Oghenekaro etebo, who recently joined english Premiershi­p side Watford FC from stoke City. etebo has been a key figure in the super eagles’ set-up since impressing at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, where the U-23 side won team nigeria’s only medal at the games – a bronze.

He featured prominentl­y in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, played at the World Cup in russia and also featured in the qualifying race and finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He was also influentia­l in the squad that won the ticket to the 2021 AFCON. “Watford FC is gradually becoming a super eagles’ camp,” Pinnick said while meeting with Watford’s technical director, Cristiano Giaretta. “i told Mr. Giaretta that we have six players at Watford FC now and three of them are regular super eagles teamers and therefore, we need to forge a stronger relationsh­ip with the club. Watford is returning to the Premiershi­p in the coming season, so it is a good feeling all around.”

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