November 10, 2015

World champions, Eaglets storm Abuja

World champions, Eaglets storm Abuja

Nigeria’s players celebrate with the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 trophy, at Sausalito stadium in Vina del Mar, on November 8, 2015. Nigeria defeated Mali 2-0. AFP PHOTO

By John Egbokhan
They went, saw and conquered all their foes at the World Cup in Chile and now they are set for a triumphant return home after rewriting the history books at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which ended in the wee hours of yesterday at Vina Del Mar.

For the Golden Eaglets, five-time champions of the cadet tournament, this must certainly feel like a special moment as their unprecedented triumph in Chile, which culminated in the 2-0 defeat of Mali in the final at Vina Del Mar, has undoubtedly turned them into the beautiful bride as they make the majestic return to Abuja.

Not given much chance to succeed in Chile, especially after losing 2-1 to Croatia in the final group A match, the Eaglets, defied all odds standing in their path to record their fifth title triumph, creating daylight between themselves and their closest rivals in terms of trophy haul, Brazil, who have bagged the title thrice.

And after enduring all the rigours and hassles in Chile, it is time to head home and while what awaits the world champions in Abuja is left to be imagined but according to the Nigeria Football Federation, the victorious Eaglets will return home aboard an Emirates Airline flight..

The coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led side, who have continued to court endless praises from Nigerians, flew out of Santiago yesterday to Buenos Aires, from where they will connect a flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

They will spend tonight in Dubai, before embarking on the triumphant journey to Abuja tomorrow, where an elaborate red carpet will be laid by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), who see this achievement as a watershed in the history of Nigerian football.