Nigerian president applauds U-17 team’s FIFA World Cup success

Abuja, Nov 9 (IANS) Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Monday applauded their Under-17 football team for winning the FIFA World Cup in Chile.

Nigeria beat Mali 2-0 in the final at the Sausalito Stadium in Vina del Mar, thereby obtaining their fifth crown in the U-17 tournament, reports Xinhua.

Buhari hailed the success of the team, also known as Golden Eaglets, in defending the title previously won in 2013. He also attributed the triumph to the rich display of “exemplary zeal, determination, commitment, hard work, patriotism and soccer artistry”.

The Golden Eaglets not only won the U-17 FIFA World Cup, but also claimed highly-valued individual awards such as the Golden Boot, won by Victor Osimhen for being the tournament’s best goal scorer and the Golden Ball, won by captain Kelechi Nwakali for being the best player.

Buhari said: “The Golden Eaglets have shown the world that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is alive and waxing stronger.”

The Nigerian team is expected back in the country on Wednesday.

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