President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the performance of the Golden Eaglets in their second match of the ongoing FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals in Brazil on Tuesday.
Golden Eaglets won the match with two late goals to leave the final scoreline at 3-2 on top of the table clash against Ecuador. The feat guaranteed Nigeria's qualification into the knock out phase with a game to spare in the.
President Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina in Abuja yesterday said: "The fact that the youngsters never gave up, and turned the table against their opponents, is a lesson in persistence and resilience."
The president recommended the can-do spirit displayed by the young boys to Nigerians, urging them to display such in all areas of endeavor, and in national development.
While wishing the Eaglets well in their final group match against Australia, which may well be a formality, Buhari pledged government support to the boys as they strive to win the Under-17 World Cup yet again, thus confirming Nigeria's position as a global power at the cadet level.
The win against the South Americans leave Nigeria clear at the top of the Group B table and will face Australia tomorrow in the final match of the phase.
Not only has Said become the leading scorer at Brazil 2019, but he has also put Nigeria ahead of other countries regarding the number of hat trick stars in the history of the tournament.
Victor Osimhen became Nigeria's fifth player to score a hat trick when he found the net three times in a 6-0 defeat of Australia in a Round of 16 matches in 2015.
Nigerian Hat Trick Scorers at U17 World Cup
1. Phillip Osondu - 3 goals; Nigeria 3-2 Bolivia; July 14, 1987
2. Nwankwo Kanu - 3 goals; Nigeria 8-0 Canada; Aug 22, 1993
3. Femi Opabunmi - 3 goals; Nigeria 5-1 Australia; Sep 23, 2001
4. Kelechi Iheanacho - 4 goals; Nigeria 6-1 Mexico; Oct 19, 2013
5. Victor Osimhen - 3 goals; Nigeria 6-0AustraliaOct 28, 2015
6. Ibrahim Said - 3 goals; Nigeria 3-2 Ecuador; Oct. 29, 2019