The newly appointed Minister of Youth & Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalong has met the Golden Eaglets after winning a record fifth FIFA U-17 World Cup.
[article_adwert] The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports led by DG Sports, Alhassan Yakmut organized an event for the Golden Eaglets and the Scrabble World Cup-winning team to meet with Dalong at the Transcorp Hiton Hotel in Abuja.
36-year-old Nigerian scrabble player, Wellington Jighere, won the World Scrabble Championship held in Perth, Australia.
Jighere defeated Lewis Mackay, 30, from Cambridge, England, in the final round of the competition after many heated rounds of competition to become the new world Scrabble champion.
Dalong said Nigerians were happy with the Eaglets for representing the country with pride in Chile just as he challenged administrators to be alive to their responsibilities in order to change the face of the sport sector of the economy.
Nigeria became only the second side to retain the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Mali in Vina Del Mar, with Victor Osimhen scoring his record-breaking tenth goal of Chile 2015.
The sports minister also praised the ability of coach Emmanuel Amuneke. He hailed the Golden Eaglets for keeping their heads low to achieve victory.
He said: "The performance of the Golden Eaglets at the World Cup has shown that success has so many fathers. If they had lost, Nigerians would have not have welcomed with love.
But their victory has once again shown that sport is a universal tool for our unity because the players were picked from different places but they were united as one in Chile.
"We want to thank them and their officials for making us proud with their performance."