Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has praised
the Golden Eaglets despite finishing third at the 2015 Suwon Continental Cup
International Youth (U-17) Football Tournament in Korea.
The Emmanuel Amuneke-led side that lost in a 3-2 dramatic
manner to Croatia in their last game had earlier posted a 1-1 draw against
Korea and earned a 2-1 win against eventual winners, Brazil.
Addressing the Golden Eaglets after the ill-fated loss to
Croatia, NFF board member, Ahmad Kawu and Deputy General Secretary, Emmanuel
Ikpeme gave kudos to the team for their overall performance and good conduct in
“You have done well despite the fact that you lost to
Croatia in a dramatic way, but over the three matches everybody saw you are a
good side and we are confident you would get better before the World Cup in
Chile," said Kawu who gifted the Eaglets 500 US Dollars.
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He added: "This is just my little appreciation to you
and I want to commend the technical crew for a good job. I believe this team
will get better before we get to Chile."
Similarly, Ikpeme said the Golden Eaglets looked promising.
Only six players of the 21 that earned the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015
ticket at the African U-17 Championship were in Suwon and Ikpeme said the
tournament was a good platform to expose the new lads.
“I was in touch with the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick and he
was happy that you have gained exposure and experience by coming for this
tournament," Ikpeme said. "You have done well but the ultimate gain
of this competition was the exposure; we want you to block the loss to Croatia from
your psyche and refocus your attention to Chile."
ALL THE RESULTS
Sept 2nd: Korea 1-1 Nigeria; Brazil 2-1 Croatia
Sept 4th: Nigeria 2-1 Brazil; Korea 2-2 Croatia
Sept 6th: Brazil 2-0 Korea; Nigeria 2-3 Croatia
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