Abuja - The U-17 National Team, the Golden Eaglets, arrived in Lagos on Tuesday amid encomiums after securing a ticket for the 2013 African Youth Championship (AYC) in Morocco.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Eaglets booked a place at the championship on December 2, after its 4-0 aggregate win over its Malian counterpart.
In a statement from the team's Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, the team contingent, led by NFA's Chairman of Referee Committee, Muazu Suleiman, arrived at about 4 p.m. aboard ASKY Airlines.
The statement noted that the team was received by NFA's Director, Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, among others.
It added that Ikpeme said the NFA and Nigerians in general were happy at the players' performance.
Ikpeme said: "Nigerians and indeed, the NFA are happy with the Golden Eaglets because they are a model team that we will nurture to greater heights.
"We are delighted at the manner the players distinguished themselves throughout the qualifiers where they recorded six wins in as many games to break the country’s duck of not qualifying for the continental cadet competition.
"We are delighted that they qualified for the Under-17 Championship in Morocco and NFA will be waiting for the reports and programmes of the coaching crew toward their preparations.
"I want to assure you that the team will be exposed to solid preparations before the championship proper in Morocco.''
The AYC is billed to hold from April 13 to April 27, 2013.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets will depart Lagos for Uyo on Dec. 5, where they are expected to play Akwa Ibom Selected team on December 9.
The match is in honour of Gov. Godswill Akpabio, who will be marking his 50th birthday anniversary.
The team will, however, break camp after the match to resume in February 2013 in preparation for the AYC.