Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Honourable Dogara Congratulates Golden Eaglets
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, on Monday, Dogara said that the Golden Eaglets have done Nigeria and Nigerians proud.
“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”, he said.
The Speaker who hailed the ‘team spirit’ exhibited by the players throughout the tournament, said that the team played the classical Nigerian pattern of football against their opponents.
“Special congratulation goes to the technical team led by Emmanuel Amuneke who put in so much effort in selecting the winning team.
“I want to use this medium to call on authorities of the nation’s football and other sports to harness talents of young men and women in our country”, Dogara said.
He said that football has over time proved to be one thing that had continued 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”, he added.
He noted that the task ahead of the Golden Eaglets’ handlers is to keep the team together and groom them for bigger competitions in the future.
Dogara added, “Nigeria has abundant sporting talents with potentials to rule the world if properly harnessed”.
The Golden Eaglets on Monday, retained their U-17 World Cup title after beating African champions Mali 2-0 in the final in Chile.