Abuja - The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has commended the Golden Eaglets for spanking their Mexican counterparts 6-1 in UAE.
Maigari, quoted in a statement signed by the NFF media officer, Olajire Ademola, on Saturday in Abuja, stated that the eaglets should see this as the beginning to fly high in other six matches.
"I am thrilled, and I must say that indeed, these boys have done our country proud.
"A week ago, we got a firm leg into the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals when the Super Eagles won in Ethiopia.
"Now, our boys are looking very, very good at the U-17 World Cup. Surely, our football is on the positive rebound.
"However, I want to tell the high-flying Golden Eaglets to see this as the beginning. They still have six matches more to win to lift the trophy, and that is our target.
"They have started very well and the players and their coaches deserve our applause for this one," the statement said.
It added that one of the team’s most potent marksmen, Kelechi Iheanacho, was a product of NFF U-13 programme. He slotted in four goals.
Success Isaac, top scorer at the African U-17 Championship in Morocco in April, also got on the score sheet with Chidiebere Nwakali accounting for the other.
The Eaglets will play Sweden, also in Al Ain City, on Tuesday.
NAN reports that Nigeria holds the best record of three wins and three runner-up positions in 14 previous editions of the tournament.