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Amuneke says Golden Eaglets not yet ready

17 September 2015, 18:08

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 in Chile.

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 Arab Emirates.

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.

Also read: Amuneke wants to do away with individualism

"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 games.

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