Nigeria Minister for Sports and Youth development, Dr Sunday Dare has congratulated the Flying Eagles for booking the WAFU B U20 final ticket.
The Flying Eagles defeated Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in Niamey to reach the final and book a place in next year’s AFCON U-20.
Mr Dare in his congratulatory message said the team’s focus, discipline and determination got them to the finals.
He urged them not to relent on their oars but win the title and prepare for next year’s U20 AFCON.
“Your hard earned victory over Cote’d Ivoire in the semi final and your performances in the games against Ghana and Burkina Faso have shown what is possible when a team plays with focus, determination and discipline.
“We are so proud of you all both players and coaches, and also happy with the results so far. We are solidly behind you.
“However, this is not the time to rest on your oars.
“The journey ahead of you is a long one.
“Go all out on Saturday, win the WAFU U20 trophy and then we will begin to prepare very adequately for the U20 AFCON next year and be among the four African representatives.”
The Flying Eagles had earlier beaten the defending champions Ghana 2-0 and drawn 2-2 with Burkina Faso.
They will face the Benin Republic in Saturday’s final in Niamey.