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Coach backs Golden Eaglets for glory

19 January 2015, 12:59Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Manu Garba, the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup-winning coach, believes the Niger 2015-bound Golden Eaglets being managed by Emmanuel Amuneke can go all the way at the 11th African cadet championship.

Watching the new lads for the first time during Saturday's 2-0 win over Nigeria National League side, Sokoto United at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Garba drew out some positives, advising Nigerians to rally behind the team's quest for glory in Niger.

He said he has already hinted his predecessor on some technical tips, saying he was confident that the Amuneke-led team is also on the threshold of history with good preparations for their upcoming competitions.

"It would be wrong to start comparing this present team with the one that won the World Cup," began Garba now tinkering the Flying Eagles.

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"I was particularly impressed by the two well-planned goals. The team will surely qualify for the world Cup and with inclusion of other good players and good preparations; we can conquer the world again.

"Good luck to the team in Niger as we shall keep on praying for all our national teams especially under- 17 and U20 because they are the future of the senior team," he added.

Meanwhile, Coach Aminu Happy of Sokoto United in a spirit of sportsmanship conceded that the Golden Eaglets were better off on Saturday, even as he counselled the coaching crew on the task at hand.

"I think the national team did well and they were lucky because we are just returning to camp ahead of the new season. The coaching crew should work more on the attacking force because they need goals to win matches but overall, I'm impressed with their performance against us."

The Golden Eaglets in the meantime, returned to Abuja from Kaduna on Sunday and would continue with their preparation ahead of next month's CAN U-17 Championship to be hosted in Niger between February 15 and March 1.

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