Abuja - Deputy Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Emmanuel Ikpeme has commended the Golden Eaglets for their hard-fought 1-1 draw against Korea at the 2015 Suwon Continental Cup International Youth (U-17) Football Tournament.
Ikpeme arrived Suwon in time on Wednesday and was on hand to see the Emmanuel Amuneke-led side battle the hosts to a standstill in front of their fans at the Suwon World Cup Stadium. Speaking to the team afterwards, Ikpeme said he was pleased with the team's fighting spirit and drive despite playing their first match barely 24 hours after arriving Suwon.
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"Of course, you can do better in your next game but we must commend you because this is the first big test for some of you," Ikpeme, a trained psychologist told the players.
The Eaglets were in Suwon with just six of the 21 players that secured the team's Chile 2015 World Cup ticket with the remaining 12 players picked from recent screening exercise.
Said Ikpeme: "Though, this was the first time you are playing a top game especially against a team like Korea who has been on ground, it is never going to be excuse because Nigerians expect you to do well as the defending champions.
"The match against Brazil is going to be tougher but you can always get better against Brazil," he noted.
The Eaglets will face Brazil, Croatia and the United States of America at the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup.