Lagos - Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke says his team
is not ready for the forthcoming FIFA U17 World Cup, and has said they are
still in a preparatory stage, exactly one month to the start of the competition
The Nigerian U17's play in group A, with Croatia, USA, and
hosts Chile, in a bid to defend the title they won two years ago in the United
Amuneke, a member of the coaching staff at the last U17
World Cup, added that their participation at the Suwon Invitational Tournament
has given him the chance to assess his players.
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"The state of our team is that we are still
preparing," Amuneke was quoted on the NFF website.
"We are glad that we were part of the Intercontinental
competition in Suwon, Korea because it gave us the opportunity to assess the
players individually and collectively, as a team.
"So, 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," he said.
Nigeria finished third at the four-team Suwon tournament,
but the former African footballer of the year is unfazed, and says the process
to build a good team continues.
"We were not bothered about the final position of the
team at the tournament in Suwon. 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," Amuneke added.
Nigeria play their first match on October 17 in Santiago
against the Americans, before playing Chile and Croatia in their last group
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