Abuja - Football fans in Abuja on Saturday hailed the Golden Eaglets 6-1 opening match victory against Mexico at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE.
Kelechi Iheanacho was the top scorer of the match with four goals.
Football enthusiasts who spoke to NAN expressed joy and satisfaction with the performance of the team.
Michael Iloba, a civil servant, said the team had started on a good note, adding, "we all saw this coming. Good job boys. The boys were on fire. I pray they keep their cool and take each game as it comes. Viva Golden Eaglets of Nigeria’’, he said.
Femi Oyelade, a sport analyst said, "Big congrats to these young lads, but Nigerians must thank coach Manu Garba and his crew for giving us a young team.
"Although, the world cup is not over, but seeing them play is like a fresh breath of clean air.
"The future is bright and a new jewel in Nigeria football has been born in Kelechi Iheanacho’’, Oyelade said.
Coach Godwin Bamigboye, Chairman, Nigeria Football Coaches Association, FCT Chapter, held that although the performance of the boys was impressive, much work still needed to be done for them to go far in the tournament.
"I thought Isaac Success was wasteful today and much work still needs to be done between the link of midfield to attack.
"The team also left a hole at the left-side of the midfield while attacking and a good side can easily take advantage of that. But overall the boys deserve a pat on the back’’, Bamigboye said.
Obi Uchendu, a businessman, observed that the brain behind the team was Isaac Success.
"Although Success scored only one goal, he will explode when his time comes.
"The Mexicans paid too much attention on him, and he was smart to detect that, and in turn provided scoring chances for his teammates.
"If his teammates made the most of his back-heel passes today, he would have easily had five assists in one game’’, Uchendu said.
Nigeria sits comfortable at the top of Group F which includes Iraq, Sweden and Mexico.
Their next match will be against the Scandinavian debutants, Sweden on October 22.