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Jonathan hails Eaglets… to host team on Sunday

By The Citizen
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President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday congratulated the victorious Golden Eaglets who won the FIFA U-17 World cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Eaglets defeated their Mexican counterparts 3-0 in the final match played at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, reads: 'On behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan congratulates the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their 3-0 triumph over Mexico in the final match of the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Soccer Championship played Friday evening in Abu Dhabi.'

'He joined other happy Nigerians in saluting the glorious achievement of the Eaglets in winning the Under-17 Soccer Championship for an unprecedented fourth time.

'President Jonathan commended the young Eaglets for the exemplary commitment, dedication, resilience, determination, patriotism and unity of purpose they displayed throughout the tournament to make Nigeria the World's Under-17 Football Champion once again.

'In fulfillment of his promise of a heroes' welcome for the triumphant Golden Eaglets on their return home, President Jonathan will host a grand reception for the team at the Banquet Hall of the State House at 1900 Hours on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in appreciation of the great honour and glory they have brought to their fatherland.

'The President also urged the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation to strive to ensure that the world-conquering Eaglets, who have shown such immense potentials as youngsters, are properly nurtured, trained and developed to represent the nation at higher levels in future international football competitions.

'He wishes the Golden Eaglets and their handlers a safe journey home and looks forward to receiving them in Abuja on Sunday.'