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Dalung hails Flying Eagles’ World Cup qualification, as FIFA lauds team

 Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has congratulated the Flying Eagles on their qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles finished top of Group A after beating hosts Niger Republic at home 1-0 to pick one of the four tickets at the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations. 

“I congratulate you for picking one  of the four slots for Africa to play at the World Cup in Poland.

“I have followed the team’s progress in the group stage and I am impressed by their youthful skills, determination and teamwork.

”I commend you for your performance so far in the African Championship and I pray that you scale through your semi final match against Mali and possibly win the trophy. “

Nigeria will take on Mali in the first semifinal on Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 16:30pm.  Mali edged out Ghana by a lone goal to qualify.

The second semi final game will be between Group B leaders Senegal and runners -up South Africa. 

 The FIFA U-20 World Cup holding   in Poland from May 23 – June 15 2019 will feature Africa’s four semifinalists.

Meanwhile, the Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, at the weekend congratulated the Flying Eagles of Nigeria on the team’s  qualification for the  U-20 World Cup in Poland.

The Flying Eagles booked a spot  in Poland after edging out hosts Niger 1-0 in a tightly contested Group A encounter at the Seyni Kountche Stadium on Thursday.

Paul Aigbogun’s lads finished top of Group A with seven points from three games ahead of South Africa who also beat Burundi 1-0 to earn their qualification for the World Cup.

FIFA took to the social media  to felicitate  with the Flying Eagles on achieving the great feat.

“The Flying Eagles are headed to this year’s #U20WC Poland 2019! They’ve finished top of Group A at #TotalAFCONU20 and reached the knockout stage,” FIFA tweeted.

Flying Eagles make a return to the championship after missing out of the 2017 edition staged in South Korea.

South Africa and Senegal are the other African countries who have made it to Poland 2019 billed to hold from 23 May to 15 June 2019.

 

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