Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday commended the indomitable spirit displayed so far by the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria at the on-going FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile, especially with the defeat of their Mexican counterparts 4-2, to qualify for the final of the tournament.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, specifically charged the Eaglets to improve on their present tempo by beating the Malian team and bring the coveted trophy home, on Sunday.
The statement explained that the senate president “praised the scintillating performance put up by the Nigerian team, despite facing another skillful side, the Mexicans, in the semi-finals.”
Saraki, the statement added, noted that the Golden Eaglets remained dogged and focussed on the objective.
He said, “Nigerians are proud of the performances of the Golden Eaglets so far in this competition. We must tell you that the Nigerian Senate is solidly behind you. We remain confident in your ability to lift the trophy and we will not relent in our support and prayers for you to emerge victorious at the final.
“All we need from you as a team at this time is for you to maintain absolute focus, considering the crucial nature of the next match which is the final encounter in the competition. Your predecessors have made us proud by bringing the cup home since the maiden edition in 1985.”
The senate president also charged the technical crew to overhaul their tactical approach where necessary.