–Delegation Leader Charges F’Eagles To Win
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee member and head of the country’s delegation to this year’s FIFA U-20 Wo9rld Cup in New Zealand, Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’ has charged the Flying Eagles to go all out for victory in Thursday’s second round clash with Germany, in order to make their compatriots at home and abroad proud.
‘Fresh’ made the declaration against the backdrop of the team’s stunning 2-0 win against Hungary on Sunday, which he said is reflection of the true fighting spirit of the average Nigerian, but stressed that they cannot afford to relax at this stage of the competition.
The NFF buff stated further that the football governing body has galvanized the Flying Eagles ahead of Thursday’s clash in Christchurch (kick-off 8:30am Nigeria time), after the African champions finished second behind five-time champions Brazil in Group E.
‘Fresh’, who has been with the team since their training camp in Nurnberg, Germany, hailed the team’s recovery after their opening loss to Brazil and further charged the players to be at their best against Germany as they aim to reach the last-eight of the tournament.
“The Flying Eagles have put behind them the loss to Brazil to record wins over North Korea and Hungary. They have improved with each match and I believe they will again rise to the occasion and make Nigeria proud again.
“The spirit in the team is very high after those two straight victories and we are all looking forward to the match on Thursday with full confidence,” the head of delegation submitted.
Team scribe, Aliyu Auwal Ibrahim also conveyed a message from NFF general-secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who congratulated the Flying Eagles for reaching the knockout rounds and assured them that the entire country is behind them in their quest to become the first Nigerian team to win the Youth Mundial.
Ibrahim relayed: “The General Secretary said he is confident the team will shine against Germany on Thursday and therefore urged them to remain focused in their bid to make history by winning the competition.
“He also assured that the NFF will sustain the support they have extended to the team because the Executive Committee and Management have total and unshaken confidence in the team and what they are capable of.”