Lagos - Golden Eaglets Coach Emmanuel Amuneke is confident
about his team's chances to defend their FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy despite
being drawn against host Chile, Croatia and USA in the group phase.
The official draw was conducted on Thursday night (early
Friday in Nigeria) in Santiago, and Amuneke reckoned that his team's route is
“The draw is a welcome development because we had been
waiting anxiously for long to know about the teams we are going to meet and it
is interesting that we are in the same group with the host team, Chile,"
“I think our group like the rest is not an easy one and we
were not expecting anything less. As such, we must be ready to play any team
after all, we are the defending champions."
Also read: Nigeria to face hosts Chile in Group A of U17 World Cup
Incidentally, four-time record champions, Nigeria will have
the honour of playing the opening match of the tournament against Team USA on
October 17 at the 47,000 capacity Estadio Nacional Martinez Pradanos in
“We know there won't be any easy game for us and we have to
redouble our efforts and continue to prepare well since we now know our group
“All this while, we had been working generally but we would
now be working specifically with our opponents in mind," noted Amuneke who
was an assistant when Nigeria won the U-17 trophy in 2013.
The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held between October 17
and November 8 across eight cities and the Golden Eaglets' other group phase
matches is scheduled to hold on October 20th against host Chile in Vina del Mar
and against Croatia on October 23 at Coquimbo.For
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