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Golden Eaglets set for World Cup opener

16 October 2015, 13:09

Santiago - World U17 champions, Nigeria have been given their briefs by FIFA - the world football governing body - ahead of the FIFA U17 World Cup which starts tomorrow in Chile.

In a formal meeting at the team's Double Tree By Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, a team of FIFA officials including General Coordinator, Mario Monterrosa, Dr. Yacine Zerguini (FIFA Medical Officer), Esse Baharmast (FIFA Referee Instructor), explained clearly with video presentation the rules and obligations to be followed throughout the competition.

Also read: Golden Eaglets land in Santiago to defend U17 W/Cup title

"There is a need to play safe and with integrity and this is always the objective of FIFA," said Monterrosa. "Of course, there is need to play clean and follow the rules of the game in true spirit of sportsmanship and that is why this meeting is important."

While Baharmast counseled the players on how best to avoid unnecessary cautions, Zerguini emphasized the need for players to safeguard their health by staying away from drugs not prescribed by team's doctor.

"I want to advise you against taking any drug not recommended by your team doctor not even supplements some people would advise would allow you score 10 goals," advised the vastly experienced Algerian who is one of FIFA's leading orthopedic surgeons and also a member of Confederation of African Football (CAF) medical committee.

The Golden Eaglets, as the Nigerians are otherwise called, begin the defense of the title they won two years ago in Dubai against USA.

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