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FIFA U-17: There’s no stopping us, again!

By John Egbokhan, Abuja
Golden Eaglets’ goal-keeper,  Dami Paul has said that his side are in no mood to let up their chase of an historic fourth title of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

The Eaglets, who are the defending champions of the tournament, weekend, qualified for the second round stage as Group A winners. They scooped seven points, courtesy of a 3-3 draw against Germany and a 1-0, 2-1 victories, against Honduras and Argentina, respectively.

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Like in their first match against Germany, where they had to come back from a 3-0 deficit, the Eaglets also had to rise above Argentina at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi, as they had to dig deep to overcome the highly fancied Argentine side, who had won their first two group matches, to ease into the second round.

Despite conceding an early minute goal scored by Argentina’s Esteban Orfano, who netted in the second minute of play, Eaglets safe pair of hands, Paul, who admitted that the goal came as a surprise to him, however praised his team-mates for rising to the big occasion, with their commanding play which earned them a merited 2-1 win.

Speaking with Sports Vanguard, Paul, a product of the Kwara Football Academy in Ilorin, said that his colleagues are primed to go far in the competition.

“I was just preparing to settle down when the Argentine player scored. It was a huge surprise to me and my team-mates because we never planned for that type of beginning, since we had studied our opponents style but he capitalised on what we failed to recognise to score.

“But I have to thank my teammates because they rose to the occasion and equalized early, so that eased the pressure on us a lot. Our equalizer came at a very good time because we did not want to play under pressure.

“Having overcome the Argentines, we are confident of going far in this competition. We believe so much in ourselves and would not want to let Nigerian fans down because they have started to believe in us by giving us the support we need”, added Paul, who hopes to stay on red alert in subsequent matches that this team get to play.


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