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Argentina 2023: Sanusi motivates Flying Eagles with cash



Sanusi with the Flying Eagles after their last training session before the clash with Brazil

The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi on Friday evening presented the sum of $1,000 to the Flying Eagles for their performance against Gli Azzurrini of Italy in the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina.

Sanusi had made the presentation on Friday evening in Buenos Aires after the Flying Eagles last training session ahead of the team’s encounter against Brazil on Saturday in La Plata.

The NFF scribe also gave out $100 to forward Emmanuel Umeh, who assisted the opening goal against Italy, for his tenacity and resilience in the build-up. He further charged the seven-time African champions to remain focused and relentless in their bid to top group D.

“Gentlemen, I am here to salute you on behalf of the Nigeria Football Federation for your excellent performance against Italy on Wednesday. I am currently on my way back to Nigeria and hopefully, I will be back to be with you in the closing stages of this championship.”

“The Nigeria Football Federation under the leadership of Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau is working assiduously to ensure you are given all the necessary support you require. I urge you to remain focused and be relentless against Brazil and replicate the same performance as you did against the Italians.”


The Flying Eagles will tackle Brazil’s Selecao Sub-20 on Saturday at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in their last group game.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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