The Nigeria Under-17 football team opened the championship with a 4-2 win over Hungary on Saturday, signaling their readiness to win the FIFA Championship for an unprecedented sixth time.
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Ugbade made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Niamey, venue of the ongoing 2018 WAFU Zone B qualifiers for the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.
Garba told the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview that the team had qualified to the semi finals with the victory.
The overall winners will then battle the winners of the clash between Nigeria and Niger in September to determine the qualifier for the tournament to be staged by Madagascar in April 2017
Although the beneficiaries received the announcement with mixed feelings, the glorious Golden Eaglets that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 and 2015 however got the highest reward with the players of both teams smiling home with N2 million and N1.2 million respectively from the President
“Indeed, the Federal Government has approved a comprehensive package for all the athletes and this is not limited to only football but to even scrabble, basketball and all other athletes that made the country proud
The position of Buhari was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was disappointed by state governments who failed to carry out a directive he handed over to them during his military leadership
“African football has developed over the years and playing against Mali in the final of Chile 2015 shows that Africa is strong at this level,” Amuneke noted at the post match conference in Concepción after Golden Eaglets’ 4-2 win over Mexico
“I have never scored a goal like this before and you cannot practice this kind of goal,” admitted Okwonkwo, the first boy in a family with six other children. “The goal I scored against Mexico today is a wonderful goal and I’m dedicating the goal to my mum who has been there for me; challenging me to be the best
A contingent of 25 players and 10 officials, including the Assistant Director (Technical) of the Nigeria Football Federation, Siji Lagunju, had earlier departed from Abuja on Thursday with the same airline on flight EK-786
Nigeria’s U-17 squad, the Golden Eaglets, arrived safely in Katsina on Saturday and are now accommodated at the expansive Katsina…
Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi and Musa Yahaya spearhead a side that is constantly on the move and harasses the opposition, with or without the ball, posing a serious challenge for any defence
“We saw them play before our semi-final, and they looked strong against Argentina,” said the midfielder. “We’re hoping for a repeat performance [of the group match]. In football it’s difficult to make predictions but, God willing, we’ll beat them again. Mexico can make all the changes they want, but it will be the same team we faced in the group stage
Ali-Baba, who was the erstwhile captain of the National Under-13 and 15 teams, was commended for been a good ambassador of the Power State by the state’s Commissioner for Sports Development, Dan Shashare
“Alhaji Toro is a wonderful person with genuine interest for the development of Nigerian football,” noted Nduka Ugbade, Golden Eaglets’ Assistant Coach, who incidentally captained Nigeria to win the inaugural FIFA Under-16 World Cup at China ’85. “Alhaji Toro belongs to that class of administrators alongside the likes of late Patrick Okpomo that usually wants the best for Nigerian football