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Amuneke optimistic as Eaglets head to U17 World Cup

13 October 2015, 12:32

Lagos - The Nigeria U17 team, Golden Eaglets squad of 21 players and 10 officials will leave their camp site in Argentina for Chile on Tuesday evening venue of the FIFA U17 World Cup Chile 2015.

Ex-international Emmanuel Amuneke who was coach Manu Garba's assistant at the 2013 edition, has been given the mantle to lead Nigeria's U17 team to the 2015 edition and it's obvious such responsibility carries a whole lot of challenges.

Amuneke's performance at the African championship where his team were third left a huge doubt in the mind of Nigerians if Amuneke whose brace gave Nigeria the Africa Cup of Nations trophy at Tunisia 94 final will perform at the world stage. 

Also read: Amuneke names final squad for U17 W/Cup

At the team's Argentina camp the Golden Eaglets played two test games and won both but Emmanuel Amuneke believes such exposure has helped his team immensely. 

"We are not getting carried away despite winning our two matches here but we are happy we have achieved part of our objectives of coming to Argentina but we are grateful for the opportunity to be here for our preparation; we have been struggling to adjust to the cold weather since it is colder in Chile.

"The World Cup is a different ball game because all the 24 teams have the chance to win but we are going to Chile with the objective of defending the trophy and we are looking forward to a good tournament,” Amuneke told NFF website.

Nigeria, the defending champion of the FIFA U-17 World Cup who won for a record fourth time two years ago at the UAE 2013 tournament have been grouped alongside host nation, Chile, Croatia and USA in Group A.

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