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Sports Minister hails flying Eagles for clinching World cup ticket

The Sports Minister Sunday Dare has commended Nigeria’s U20 men’s team, the Flying Eagles for picking a ticket to the FIFA U20 World Cup later this year and reaching the semi finals of the ongoing CAF U20 AFCON in Egypt.

The Flying Eagles edged out Uganda 1-0 on Thursday to qualify for the semifinals of the CAF U20 AFCON and also secure their berth at the FIFA U20 World Cup taking place in Indonesia in May.

The Minister, while commending the team for meeting the target set for them by the Ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF), charged them to now shift their focus to winning the CAF U20 trophy.

His words: “I congratulate you, the coaches, players and other officials for meeting the target set for you which is picking a World Cup ticket.

“We appreciate your doggedness and determination to bounce back from the defeat in your first game to now win three games in a row to achieve the first objective.

“I now charge you to push further and shift your focus to going all the way, which is winning the trophy. You did it at the WAFU B competition and I believe you can do it again,” Dare said.

Even as they have booked the world cup ticket, the flying Eagles will also be looking forward to another reckoning moment by winning the U-20 AFCON for the eight record time.


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