President Goodluck Jonathan has heartily congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their qualification for the final match of the ongoing FIFA under-17 World Soccer Championship in the United Arab Emirates.
Presidential Spokesman,Reuben Abati said in a statement that “The President joins other very proud and happy Nigerians within and outside the country in applauding the Eaglets’ enthralling 3-0 victory over their Swedish opponents in the Semi-Final match played this evening.
“As the Eaglets prepare for the final march against the Mexican team, President Jonathan urges them not to be over-confident or take victory for granted, but to stay focused, train well and deploy their full arsenal of strength, determination and artistry once again to ensure that they overcome the Mexicans once again and return home with the Under-17 World Cup.
The President assured the Eaglets and their handlers of the continued prayers, best wishes and fullest support of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they strive to achieve ultimate victory in the competition.
“He looks forward to receiving them at the Presidential Villa when they triumphantly return to Nigeria”Abati said.
Also ,President of the Senate Senator David Mark has expressed appreciation to the victorious Golden Eaglets of Nigeria for doing the nation proud in the on going FIFA under 17 World Cup championship holding in the United Arab Emirate.
Senator Mark in a congratulatory message to the players and officials in Dubai after they defeated their Sweden counterparts said the Nigerian lads gave a good account of themselves and made the nation the beautiful bride.
Senator Mark reminded the Golden Eaglets that the nation is solidly behind them in prayers and assured them that the government will do the needful in terms of their welfare and upkeep .
He added that the National Assembly on its part will continue to make adequate budgetary allocation for sports to flourish in Nigeria.
The Senate President noted that sports needs to be encouraged as the needed ingredient for unity and cohesion in the country.
” We have every reason to encourage sports in all ramifications . More than any thing else, sports unites all Nigerians. It is during sporting activities like this that we forget our differences and see ourselves as true brothers and sisters “, Senator Mark maintained.
He charged the Golden Eaglets and their officials to go all out to win the championship .