Abuja - Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke said there
were so many positives to be taken from the team’s performance as curtain was
drawn on the WAFU B Under-17 Tournament in Togo on Sunday.
He saluted the courage of the players for being able to withstand
the stress of almost one month that started from their screening and straight
into competition, adding that more players would now be given opportunity to
break into the team.
"First and foremost, I'm proud of these boys because
under a very short time, they were able to compete even at short notice,"
"These are boys we picked from screening and barely one
week in camp, were thrown into a competition and I really want to thank them for
their good efforts."
The former Nigeria international and proud winner of the
1994 African Footballer of the Year award said he was not oblivious about the
task ahead of the team to secure a ticket for the 2015 CAN Under-17 Championship
in Mali. He said the players he took to Togo have gained some exposure
consequently; they would most likely form the nucleus of the team for the
"Already, we have a basis to lay upon with this set of
boys and that their performance has given us an idea about areas we need reinforcement,"
noted the former FC Porto and Barcelona winger.
"We are going back home to continue with the task of
building a solid team that would be physically, mentally and tactically
ready for our first qualifying game
against the winner between Burundi and
"Of course, we are going to see more players that can
add value to the team and I'm confident that we are going to produce a solid
team," he said.
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