Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, will receive members of the triumphant Flying Eagles squad and the all-conquering Scrabble Team at the West African Championships in Abuja on Monday.
In Friday’s final of the WAFU B U-20 competition in Niamey, Niger Republic, the Flying Eagles defeated Benin Republic 3-1, while the Nigeria Scrabble team swept the stakes at the West African championships in Accra, Ghana.
The Minister spoke to both teams shortly after their victories in Niamey and Accra, praising them for representing the country well.
Nigeria’s Eta Karo was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Accra, as the Nigerian team claimed the top nine spots and was named the best country in the competition.
On the eve of their trip to Ghana, the Minister visited the Scrabble team and exhorted them to be respectable ambassadors for the country, a task that has already been carried out.
Olobatoke Aka, President of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), thanked the Minister for his support and assured that his organisation would work to keep Nigeria’s position as a global leader in the sport.
The Minister expressed his joy with the team’s performance and for regaining the nation’s pride in age grade competitions during his conversation with the Flying Eagles following their triumph.
He urged them to focus on the bigger picture, which is qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2023.
The Flying Eagles defeated incumbent African Champions Ghana 2-0, tied 2-2 with Burkina Faso, and edged Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 after extra time in the semi-finals before winning the 2022 WAFU B Championship convincingly 3-1 over Benin Republic.