Friday, October 16, 2015 4:04 pm
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his best wishes for a triumphant outing to Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets who are in Chile to participate in this year’s under-17 FIFA World Cup Tournament.
As the tournament opens tomorrow, President Buhari has urged 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.
The President gave the Golden Eaglets and their handlers the assurance of the full support of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they strive to bring more sporting glory to their fatherland by outplaying all their opponents in Chile and winning the Under-17 World Cup for a record fifth time.
President Buhari 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.
He called on the players to stay focused, avoid all distractions and put their globally acknowledged skills, ability and doggedness on display in all their matches.
The Eaglets will play against the USA tomorrow, the hosts Chile on October 20, Croatia on October 23.
Buhari hoped that the Nigerian boys would win the tournament and give millions of soccer-loving Nigerians the perfect end-of-the-year gift.