Benedict Akwuegbu has praised the Golden Eaglets fighting spirit following comeback win over Hungary in Saturday’s opening Group B match of the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.
Akwuegbu, was part of the Nigerian team that won silver medal in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Scotland 1989 edition, and he believes the team is good enough to lift the country’s sixth title.
The Golden Eaglets came from behind twice to thrash Hungary 4-2 on Saturday and Akwuegbu praised the character and ability to come back from the dead.
“I watched the match, from start to finish. Yes, they went behind twice. It shows that in modern day football, anything can happen.”
“The most important thing is your reaction after going down. And I must say that these [Eaglets] are fighters to have recovered from those setbacks.
“I like their never give up spirit. That’s the true Nigerian team spirit and I must commend coach Manu Garba.
Akwuegbu continued: “Winning your first match in a major championship like this is very important.
“It gives the team confidence. It stands them in an advantaged position to qualify from the group.”
“Now, their qualification fate is firmly in their hands and if they remain focused, why not, I believe they will deliver at the end of the day.” The former Super Eagles striker said.
The Manu Garba boys will take on Ecuador in their second Group (B) match at the Estadio Olimpico, Goiania on Tuesday.
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