The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria got a 2-0 victory over the Malian team in Calabar.
The youngsters had taken on their counterparts from Mali and won the match with 2-0 amidst allegations that the Malians used over-aged boys for the game.
Earlier, Mr. Akpabio pledged N10 million to the U-17 team when he met the team at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja early September, on its way to a 2013 African U-17 Championship qualifying match against Niger in Niamey.
“You mean these boys are the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria? They are so young. Surely, this is the youngest set of Golden Eaglets I have seen in the history of Nigeria football,” Mr. Akpabio said at the Abuja airport that day.
The President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Aminu Maigari, thanked the Akwa Ibom State Governor.
“We are very appreciative of this gesture by Governor Akpabio. He has always been a man of his words. This also underscores the fact that he is a true sports lover,” Mr. Maigari said.
The NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu, said the gesture is a huge boost to the team which departs Nigeria on Wednesday for a crucial continental championship qualifier in Bamako, slated for Sunday.
Two goals from defender, Wilfred Ndidi, and midfielder, Alhassan Ibrahim, steered the Eaglets to a 2-0 victory over the Malians in the first leg in Calabar penultimate weekend. The winner on aggregate will qualify for next year’s African U-17 Championship in Morocco.