Pretoria – Some Nigerians resident in South Africa on Sunday urged the national U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, to remain focused in the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup holding in New Zealand.
The Flying Eagles, early on Sunday, defeated Hungarian counterparts, 2-0, to book a place in the round 16 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Ikechukwu Anyene, President of the Nigeria Union, South Africa, said in Pretoria, South Africa, that the Eagles had continued to improve since defeating the Democratic Republic of Korea.
“The flying Eagles have rediscovered their scoring form and we are happy they have qualified for the round of 16.
“We urge them to remain dedicated and take every game as the final of the tournament. We are optimistic the team will do Nigeria and Africa proud in the tournament’’.
The Secretary-General of the Union, Adetola Olubajo, said the Eagles had done the nation proud with the victory over Hungary.
“We pray for them to continue to win all their matches in order to win. Nigerians in South Africa are proud of the team and it is our prayer that they should win the cup,’’ he said.
Lawrence Odum, a Pretoria-based businessman, commended the team for being consistent in their game.
“This is the dream team of Nigeria and a lot is expected of them. I believe that if they obey their coaches and determined, they will go places in the World Cup,’’ he said.
Odum said the Eagles could beat Germany, their next opponent in the round of 16.
“They should take every game as it comes and should not be afraid of reputation. They have the potential to defeat any country.
“The team has been together for more than two years and understand themselves,’’ he said. (NAN)