Mark Charges Eaglets To Lift Trophy

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The Senate President, David Mark, on Friday in Abuja said it would be a wonderful idea to mark Nigeria’s Centenary celebration with the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Reacting to the team’s 5-0 spanking of Iraq at the ongoing World Cup in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), the Senate President said victory should be the ultimate for the Eaglets.

He said it would be a double honour for the country if the centenary celebration would be crowned with the World Cup title.

Mark then urged the team not to lose focus, especially now that the competition had reached the knockout stage.

He however urged all Nigerians to continue to support the team.

“Now that our national under-17 male team is doing well in the UAE, it is proper that we also at every opportunity continue to encourage them because they belong to the group we want to encourage,’’ he said.

Mark also praised the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, saying the players’ performance was to his good name.

The Senate President stated: “As such, it will be nice if they bring back the cup for the fourth time.

“The way I have seen them play, there is no doubt in my mind that they will bring back the trophy.  But, we must not take other teams for granted,’’ he said.

Also reacting, Joe Erico, a former goalkeeper of the then Green Eagles, said he was at ease with the result of the game as it was a good performance from the team.

“It’s good for us. I was scared initially, but I’m happy at the outcome. It has put us into the knockout stage and I hope they will go all the way,’’ he said.

Austin Eguavoen, a former Super Eagles head coach, said the game was an exciting match.

“I was not surprised with the outcome. However, the players should not relax. I predicted 5-0 but I did not know they will score four goals in the first half,” the former Eagles handler said.

“It’s a quite decent team that Manu Garba has put together, I must say. But I’ve always been positive about the team and I wish them good luck in subsequent matches,’’ he said