2nd November, 2015
Some football stakeholders on Monday commended the Golden Eaglets on their 3-0 victory against Brazil in the ongoing 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The Golden Eaglets trashed their Brazilian counterparts in one of the quarter-final matches played on Sunday, to advance into the semi-finals of the tournament.
The team’s three goals came from Victor Osimhen in the 29th minute, Kingsley Michael in 30th minute and Udochukwu Anumudu, in the 34th minute.
Stakeholders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance and urged them to sustain the tempo in the remaining matches.
Henry Nwosu, an ex-international, congratulated the players and the technical crew for putting up an outstanding performance against Brazil.
He, however, warned the team against complacency in the remaining matches of the tournament.
“I just want to congratulate the players and the crew for a job well done, because it feels good when we defeat a team like Brazil by scoring three goals just like that.
“They have made the country very proud, but they must also not relent and they should do more until they achieve their dream, which is bringing the cup back home,’’ Nwosu said.
Sani Toro, a former Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Secretary General, also heaped praises on the U-17 team and the technical crew led by Emmanuel Amuneke.
He described the performance of the team against Brazil as “fantastic’’.
“I wish on behalf of myself and my family, to congratulate Amunueke, Golden Eaglets and the NFF for Golden Eaglets’ defeat of Brazil by 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the U-17 world cup.
“We will continue to pray for the team to win the cup, God willing; once again, congratulations,” Toro said.
Mutiu Adepoju, another ex-international, also lauded the team on a well deserved victory against Brazil.
He said that the performance signalled that the team was determined to retain the trophy Nigeria won in United Arab Emirate in 2013.
Adepoju, however, advised the team to concentrate on winning the next two matches on their way to win the cup.
“They played very well and it was a nice victory; they kept Brazil on their toes from the beginning to the end of the game.
“With the way they have played so far, it is obvious they are doing very well and I hope that they get to the finals and win the tournament,’’ Adepoju said.
Solomon Asowata, a journalist and football pundit, commended the Golden Eaglets defence line for an impressive performance.
He said that the team worked together and utilised the chances that came their way.
“The two full backs were impressive in their overlapping; the team took their chance which was good, winning a match is not all about ball possession, but about scoring goals.
“If they sustain this tempo, which I pray they do, and keep working as a team, I believe they will bring the cup back,’’ he said.
The Eaglets are looking forward to a semi-final showdown with the winner of the quarter-final match between Mexico and Ecuador.