THE NAME “GOLDEN EAGLETS” WAS GIVEN TO THE TEAM BY BUHARI IN 1985
Good afternoon as the battle for the U17-world cup ended yesternight, it appears to us that Buhari has a goodluck on Golden Eaglets. If it can be recalled, it was during his regime in 1985 that Nigeria won the maiden edition of the tournament. Then they were called Baby Eagles.
The Nigerian players emerged world champions again as they beat African champions, Mali 2-0 at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.
In addition, Victor Osimhen won the Golden Boot award while skipper Kelechi Nwakali won the Golden Ball Award.
President Muhammadu Buhari had spoken to the players on phone on Saturday to boost their morale. The maiden edition of the tournament. Then it was called FIFA Kodak U-16 World Cup.
In subsequent years, the age limit was extended to 17 from 16. The Nigerian team then were captained by Nduka Ugbade while the Commodore Emeka Omerua was minister of information, culture, youth and sports.
It was after the victory then in Germany that Buhari renamed the team from Baby Eagles to World Golden Eaglets.