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Amuneke reserves special praise for Golden Eaglets

29 October 2015, 18:59

Santiago - Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has yet heaped plaudits on his wards after an imperious performance in a 6-0 win over Australia in the Round of 16 encounter at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 on Wednesday.

Victor Osimhen scored the opening goal as well as the first hat trick of the competition at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina Del Mar and others among the goals for Nigeria were skipper Kelechi Nwakali, striker Samuel Chukwueze and Edidiong Essien.

Also read: Amuneke blasts Eaglets

“Where do I start from?" Amuneke said rhetorically in an interview with thenff.com. “It was a good performance by our players today and I want to congratulate them for a job well done.

“This was an interesting match because the Australians are a very good side and they have some individually good players; but I want to praise my players for following through the plans and our strategy which gave us victory.

“Our performance today was better than our last when we lost 2-1 to Croatia and we are hopeful that they continue to get better and make progress in the competition starting with our next game,” he noted.

The Golden Eaglets’ 6-0 hammering of The Joeys has set up a tantalizing quarter-final fixture against the Samba Boys of Brazil who ran away with a late goal against New Zealand on Sunday at the same venue. The encounter will be the second time both teams would meet after Nigeria earned a 2-1 win over the Samba Boys at the Suwon U-17 International Tournament in September.

Amuneke said the Brazilians would be accorded the needed respect as one of the favourites, adding that the Golden Eaglets already have their work cut out.

“It is going to be an interesting game and we have seen what the Brazilians can do with or without the ball,” noted Amuneke. “All what we have to do now is to keep working hard so that we can come with stronger plans to play them on Sunday.”

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