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U-17 World Cup: Nigeria Is Not Yet Ready – Coach Amuneke

by 18/09/2015 03:51:00 0 comments 1 Views

Just one month till the 2015 U-17 world cup in Chile kick’s off, coach Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed that the team is not yet fully prepared to compete in the games.

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Emmanuel Amuneke

Speaking to thenff.com, Amuneke however assured Nigerians that the Eaglets will be ready to give its all when the tournament begins in October.

He of his team’s preparations: “The state of our team is that we are still preparing… we are working towards the World Cup in Chile and we are hopeful that we would be able to give a good account of ourselves when we get to Chile.

In football, you can say that everything has been done at this stage; it is a continuous process even when we get to the World Cup because you still have to prepare the team in order to face the challenges of the matches to be played.”

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The coach admitted that he is yet to know the 21 players he will select for the tournament in Chile.

He said: “I don’t have anybody in my head. Selecting the best 21 players is not as easy as that. We, I mean the technical crew, have to sit down and evaluate the performance of the players; and pick the ones that would be very useful to us.

The Golden Eaglets

The Golden Eaglets

“We still have days to the World Cup but we would evaluate the players so that at the end of the day, we would take only those who can do the business for us in Chile. Only the best players would be taken to Chile because I want all the players to be able to play when occasion demands.”

The former African footballer of the year said the Suwon international youth tournament held in Japan – in which the group came third – was good for the boys as they gave a good account of themselves.

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Amuneke also refused to name the players that impressed him the most in Japan, thereby leaving the door open to new additions to the team and possible expulsion of some player.

The coach also revealed that he was under no pressure to perform in Chile. He said: “I’m not under any pressure but I have the sense of direction that we are the defending champions at this level.  I don’t want us to dwell so much on that. We keep working quietly and hard; when the time comes, we shall be ready.”

The Nigerian Golden Eaglets have been grouped with USA, Croatia, and Chile in the Group A of the tournament, which was won by Nigeria under the leadership of Manu Garba at Dubai in 2013.

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