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Speaker cheers Golden Eaglets for World Cup triumph

09 November 2015, 10:10Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated Nigeria's Under-17 National team for their victory at the World Cup in Chile.

The Golden Eagles beat Mali 2-0 in the final on Sunday for a record fifth crown.

Nigeria had previously won the junior championships in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013.

“I congratulate the nation's U17 national team over this historic victory over Mali. You have done us proud and demonstrated that with hard work and unity of purpose, we can surmount our challenges and emerge victorious as a nation. I doff my hat for these young patriots who have written their names in gold in the annals of Nigeria's soccer history,” Dogara said.

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He called on the authorities of the nation's football and other sports to harness talents of young men and women in our country.

“Football has over time proved to be one thing that continues to unite Nigerians, we should emulate the Golden Eaglets who though of different background and religion, put aside their difference to win this prestigious trophy for Nigeria. These young men have proved their mettle we all need to encourage them to go for higher heights. I look forward to meeting with the team when they return home,” Dogara added.

The speaker said the task ahead of the Golden Eagles' handlers is to keep the team together and groom them for bigger competitions in the future.

“Nigeria has abundant sporting talents with potentials to rule the world if properly harnessed,” said Dogara.

- CAJ News

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