President Muhanmadu Buhari has charged Nigerian U-17 Team, The Golden Eaglets, to bring back the U-17 World Cup, taking place in Chile.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who quoted the President, as urging the Golden Eaglets to do their “utmost best to match the outstanding performance of their victorious predecessors who have won the competition four times including the inaugural edition in 1985 and the last tournament in 2013.”
Optimistic that the Golden Eaglets would defeat the United States of America, Buhari assured them and their handlers of the full support of the Federal Government.
The president said he “will follow the team’s progress through the tournament in Chile with keen interest and high expectation in the belief that the boys have the skills, dedication and determination required to make Nigeria world champions at the youth level once again.”
More so, he called on the “players to stay focused, avoid all distractions and put their globally acknowledged skills, ability and doggedness on display against the USA tomorrow (today), Chile on October 20, Croatia on October 23 and in all their subsequent matches to win the tournament and give millions of soccer-loving Nigerians the perfect end-of-the-year gift.”