Nigeria vs Netherlands: Golden Eaglets apologize to Nigerians after U17 World Cup exit

Nigeria vs Netherlands: Golden Eaglets apologize to Nigerians after U17 World Cup exit

- Nigeria vs Netherlands ended in 3-1 defeat for the Golden Eaglets as they crashed out of the U17 World Cup in Brazil

- Sontje Hansen's hat-trick was all the Dutch needed to send Nigeria out of the tournament

- Golden Eaglets captain, Samson Tijani, has now apologized to Nigerians following the disappointing defeat

Golden Eaglets captain, Samson Tijani, has apologized to Nigerians following a disappointing defeat to Netherlands which saw the team crash out of the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

Eaglets failed to replicate their historical dominance in the South American country on Wednesday night, November 5, after suffering a 3-1 defeat courtesy of a Sontje Hansen's hat-trick for the Dutch team.

Speaking with Lagos-based radio station Brila FM, Tijani apologized for the team's lackluster performance, stressing that Eaglets were overpowered by the better side.

"We are very sorry; we as a team to the entire Nigerians. We tried our best but the result was down to hard-luck coupled with the fact that our opponents are a very good side,'' Tijani said

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"Our team had to succumb to the pressure from our opponent, we tried to calm the pressure and we were able to achieve that until the dying minutes where VAR had to suppress us with that penalty.

“That alone weakened our morale and it is already late for a comeback at that minute,'' the Golden Eaglets leader said.

Tijani scored two goals for the Golden Eaglets before they were ingloriously shown the exit door out of the tournament.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Nigerians were not happy with the performance of the five-time world champions and have also complained about staying up late to watch their disastrous outing.

The match started 12am on Wednesday, November 6, (Nigerian time) and one fan blamed the defensive arrangement of the Nigerian side inside the 18-yard box in one of the moves that led to the goal.

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