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Pinnick Urges Golden Eaglets to Retain World Cup

Amaju Pinnick

Kingsley Kanayo

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has charged the country’s U17 men’s football team, Golden Eaglets to retain the trophy they won two years ago when they tackle Mali in the final of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup.

He gave the charge while speaking to the team soon after they beat Mexico 4-2 on Thursday at the Estadio Municipal Ester Roa in one of the semi final matches of the championship.

“Today, you convinced Nigerians you are the best and I want to thank you on behalf of Nigerians especially, President Muhammadu Buhari, for playing your hearts out and truly demonstrating the never-say-die Nigerian spirit,” he said.

“I’m extremely happy for Emmanuel (Amuneke) because he, along with other officials, have demonstrated that they are good fathers to you all and I’m glad that I was able to withstand the pressure to sack him when the team failed to win the African Championship trophy in Niger Republic.

“Here in Chile, Emmanuel has shamed all the doubting Thomases but I don’t want you to forget that the most important match is against Mali on Sunday. This is a life -time opportunity for you to write your names in gold. Sunday is the day to write your names into the history books,” Pinnick noted.




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