President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has praised the Flying Eagles despite their crashing out of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Flying Eagles on Thursday, June 11 fell to a 0-1 defeat to Germany in the second round but Pinnick had his positives from the loss, congratulating the players for putting up a good fight.
“When things turn out this way, we look at the positives. Which is why I will call on us all to congratulate this set of players because they certainly made us proud,” he said as found on the NFF official website.
“They played with finesse and grace; real potential for the future of our game. T
“he crowd loved them at the two venues where they played, and the unity in the team showed in the way they conducted themselves all through the tournament.”
“Football is about winning; but winning has different dimensions. We may not have won today, but we have won a battle to take our desired dream one step further,” Pinnick further said.
“Our dream being, to not just win matches and trophies, but to develop a sustainable football culture for Nigeria.”
Looking to the future, Nigeria’s football chief enthused that the current crop of Flying Eagles players will go on to become important players in the Senior Team.
“With the adoption of the scheme where our 2013 U-17 World Cup winners were elevated almost en bloc to become our U-20 team, we have seen enough to tell us that this same U-20 group that played and lost today, is good enough to become the future of our football,” Pinnick said.
“And we will continue to encourage that the group be kept together and grow together to give us a winning senior squad.
“With encouragement from everyone – the Federation, media and our highly enlightened ball fans – we can inject a few technical aspects to support this group to become the best in the not-too-distant future.”