Lagos - The Golden Eaglets have received the praise of FIFA President Sepp Blatter following their triumph at the 2013 U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The Nigeria team, against all odds, lifted the coveted trophy for a record fourth time after beating Mexico 3-0 in the final.
In a letter addressed to the President of Nigeria Football Federation Aminu Maigari and dated 11th November, 2013, world football’s head heaped plaudits on the general performances of the teams at the finals and noted that the Eaglets were worthy winners in a record-setting fourth triumph.
“The FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 lived up to all of its promises with some thrilling matches, fantastic goals, incredible emotions and unbelievable twists and turns, all of which combined to keep the fans on the edges of their seats on the final day in Abu Dhabi last Friday, a press statement reads.
“In the end, the Nigeria U-17 team saw off the challenge of their Mexican counterparts to claim an unprecedented fourth world title following previous triumphs in 1985, 1993 and 2007.
“On behalf of the international football family, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Golden Eaglets, to their coach Manu Garba, to the entire technical, administrative and medical team, and to all your fans.
“Victories such as these are always based on hard work, professionalism, and attention to detail, as well as passion and a love for the game. I have no doubt that all of this bodes well for a very bright future, and wish you continued success with your work in the years to come.”