Minister of Sports to host Victorious Flying Eagles and Scrabble team in Abuja
Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare to host members of the victorious Flying Eagles team at the WAFU B U-20 tournament and the conquering Scrabble team at the West African Championships in Abuja Monday.
The Flying Eagles beat Benin Republic 3-1 in Friday’s final of the WAFU B U-20 Tournament in Niamey, Niger Republic, as the Nigerian Scrabble team swept the African Championship stakes of the West in Accra, Ghana.
The Minister addressed the two teams immediately after their resounding successes in Niamey and Accra respectively, congratulating them for doing the nation proud.
In Accra, Nigerian Eta Karo became the Championships Most Valuable Player (MVP) as the Nigerian team won the top nine spots, becoming the top country in the competition.
The minister had visited the Scrabble team on the eve of their departure for Ghana and urged them to be worthy ambassadors of the nation, a charge which has now been followed through.
Nigerian Scrabble Federation (NSF) President Olobatoke Aka thanked the minister for his support and pledged that his federation will ensure that Nigeria maintains its status as a world leader in the sport.
In his conversation with the Flying Eagles after their victory, the minister expressed his joy at the team’s performance and for restoring the nation’s pride in the age category competitions.
He, however, instructed them to stay committed to the bigger goal, which is qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2023.
The Flying Eagles beat defending African champions Ghana 2-0, drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso, beat Ivory Coast 2-1 after extra time in the semi-finals before convincing victory 3 -1 against the Republic of Benin in the final of the 2022 WAFU B Championship.