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Amuneke: We’re not under pressure to win

04 November 2015, 14:05

Santiago - Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke has posited that he is not under pressure to win the FIFA U17 World Cup after seeing his side cruise to the semi-finals in an impressive fashion.

The Nigerian U17 have lost just one of the five games played so far at the competition, and have scored in every single one of them, with Victor Osimhen leading the pack on eight goals already.

But Amuneke, a member of the Nigerian coaching staff to the last FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates where they won the competition, says he's taking each game as it comes and isn't under any pressure to win.

Also read: Amuneke thanks Nigerians for support

"I am not under any pressure," posited Amuneke. "We have just been taking every game as it comes, and that is exactly how we hope to finish this tournament.

"I don't feel any form of pressure at all. I was there when we won it the last time, so I understand these things. We just need to keep our focus on the next match," he said.

The Nigerians are already tipped to retain the title, and were praised by the FIFA Technical Study Group for their impressive displays so far. But Amuneke says he and his players are not letting any of the accolades get into their heads.

"We appreciate those that have praised and supported us, but the job is not finished yet. We are still on the journey and the road to success is always under construction, so we have to keep fighting till the end," he stated.

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