By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Noting the Golden Eagletsâ€™ difficult start at the beginning of the on-going FIFA Under-17 World Cup, FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, has urged the team to beat New Zealand in the knock-out stage which kicks off tomorrow. The Golden Eaglets would engage New Zealand Thursday at the Abuja National Stadium.
Worried at the booing of the Eaglets during the group games, Warner said that, â€œit was shamefulÂ that many supporters booed the Nigerian team and even began to walk out on the team in Abuja. But I am very happy that the Nigerians qualified and are toping the group convincingly to the point that they are now matched against New Zealand.
â€œIf Nigeria do not beat New Zealand then they shouldnâ€™t be here at allâ€, Jack Warner said yesterday, adding that, â€œI am very happy at this stage of this competition and no major problems as such.Â In fact I am even happier for you Nigerians.
â€œI must commend the workers at the Abuja, Calabar and Enugu. I have read some negative comments in the local media; the fact is rain is an act of God. In England and other countries, there have been similar weather disruptions.”