Captain of the Nigeria’s U17 team Samson Tijani has apologized after the side’s exit from the FIFA World Cup in the round of 16.
Nigeria fell 3-1 to the Netherlands on Wednesday to see their campaign in Brazil come to a halt.
“We are very sorry; We as a team to the entire Nigerians. We tried our best but the result was down to hard luck coupled with the fact that our opponents are a very good side.
“I want to thank my team mates also, we all put our best but that’s how far God said we can go in this tournament.
“Our team had to succumb to the pressure from our opponent, we tried to calm the pressure and we were able to achieve that until the dying minutes where VAR had to suppress us with that penalty.
“That alone weakened our morale and it is already late for a come back at that minute,” said the Eaglets captain.
Sontje Hansen scored a hat-trick for the Dutch side, while Olakunle Olusegun got Nigeria’s only goal of the game.
Hansen opened scoring for the Netherlands in the fourth minute after he was played through on goal by Jayden Braaf.
The lead lasted only eight minutes before Olusegun equalised for the Golden Eaglets following a superb pass from Akinkunmi Amoo.
The Netherlands however regained the lead in the 15th minute with another fine effort by Jansen.
Nigeria struggled to break down the European champions’ defence and were also thwarted by the Dutch goalkeeper the few times they were able to get a sight of goal.
Manu Garba’s boys conceded a penalty 12 minutes from time when Ferdinand Ikenna handled the ball inside the box.
Hansen stepped up to take the penalty for his hat-trick despite Daniel Jinadu diving into the right direction.