Nigeria: Pres. Buhari hails victorious national U-17 team

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday hailed the country's national Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, for winning the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup after beating Mali 2-0 in the final on Sunday in Chile.

According to a presidency statement, a heroes' welcome awaits the team upon its return to the country.

''On behalf of the Federal Government and millions of very happy and proud Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their victory over Mali in the final match of this year's Under-17 FIFA World Cup tournament in Chile.

''President Buhari applauds the exemplary zeal, determination, commitment, hard work, patriotism and soccer artistry which the youthful Golden Eaglets put on display throughout the tournament to win the championship for a record fifth time.

''The President notes with delight that the Golden Eaglets not only won the coveted Under-17 FIFA World Cup, but they are also bringing home highly-valued individual awards such as the Golden Boot won by Victor Osimhen for being the tournament's highest goal scorer and the Golden Ball, won by the team captain, Kelechi Nwakali for being the best player.

''President Buhari believes that by their triumph in Chile, the Golden Eaglets have shown the world that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is alive and waxing stronger,'' the statement said.

President Buhari described the Golden Eaglets' latest victory on the global stage as ''an affirmation of the significant progress Nigeria is now making towards positively redefining and rediscovering its potential for greatness in the comity of nations''.

''President Buhari trusts that if all other Nigerians imbibe and exhibit the doggedness, determination and patriotism displayed by their youthful compatriots in Chile, Nigeria will surely make faster progress towards becoming the strong, united, peaceful, secure  and prosperous nation envisioned by its people,'' the statement added.

PANA reports that in addition to the various honours, Nigeria has also set a new FIFA Under-17 World Cup goal scoring record, with Osimhen's 10 goals eclipsing the former record of 9 goals.
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