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.
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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.For
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