Abuja - Some football enthusiasts on Sunday commended the Golden Eaglets for their 2-0 victory over Uruguay at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The enthusiasts, in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, also expressed confidence that the team would qualify for the final.
Festus Allen, a former coach of 3SC Football Club of Ibadan, commended the team for qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition "in style."
"This is a commendable victory for the team. The players’ display on pitch has shown that the boys prepared adequately for the competition.
"The technical crew is also doing a great job, I must confess. The boys are playing as a well co-ordinated team,’’ he said.
Ndaks Lawrence, the Head of Football, National Institute for Sports (NISports) in Lagos, said the Eaglets have made the country proud so far in the competition.
Lawrence urged the team to remain focused to ensure it gets to the final of the competition, saying it is one of the best under-17 teams this Nigeria has produced.
"But the players should not be carried away with their good run in the competition. The most important thing for the team now is to qualify for the final,” he said.
Also, Adamu Ejor, the coach of the SuperSand Eagles, urged Nigerians to give the team the needed support to qualify for the final.
"We are almost there, and the boys should be given more support at this crucial stage of the tournament.
"I believe we can defeat Sweden in the semi-final match on November 5, if the boys can put in their best to book a place in the finals,” Ejor said.