President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday charged the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria to again conquer U-17 FIFA World Cup Tournament that begins in Chile today.
The Eaglets, who are the defending champions, have won the trophy four times and are hoping to make a fifth conquest.
President Buhari extended his best wishes to the Golden Eaglets through a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
“President Buhari urges 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 assured the Golden Eaglets and their handlers 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,” the statement read in part.
According to him, President Buhari 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 against the USA on Saturday 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.


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