Concise News reports that the Flying Eagles, on Friday, defeated the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations host, Niger Republic 1-0 to secure the world cup ticket and also book a place in the semi-final of the tournament.
Adamu Alhassan scored the only goal that helped the Flying Eagles land Poland 2019 ticket.
A statement by the minister’s Media Aide, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, in Abuja on Saturday, said that the Flying Eagles finished top of Group A after beating hosts Niger Republic at home 1-0 to pick one of the four tickets at the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
Dalung said: “I congratulate you for picking one of the four slots for Africa to play at the World Cup in Poland.
“I have followed the team’s progress in the group stage and I am impressed by their youthful skills, determination and teamwork.
“I commend you for your performance so far in the African Championship and I pray that you scale through your semi-final match against Mali and possibly win the trophy.”
Nigeria would take on Mali in the first semifinal on Wednesday. Mali edged out Ghana by a lone goal to qualify.
The second semi final game would be between Group B leaders Senegal and runners -up South Africa.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup holding this year in Poland from May 23 – June 15 would feature Africa’s four semi-finalists.