Lagos - The Golden Eaglets would face Democratic Republic of
the Congo and not Burundi in next month's 2015 African U-17 Championship
Drawn bye into the second round of the qualifiers, the
Nigerian Under-17 national team was originally scheduled to meet the overall winner
of the first round fixture between Congo DR and Burundi but the latter
according to the continental soccer governing body, CAF, has withdrawn from the
The 2015 CAN Under-17 slated for Niger has already been bedeviled
with spate of withdrawals including that of Kenya; Central African Republic;
Liberia, Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau. Gambia
was disqualified following their suspension from all CAF competitions.
Nigeria in the meantime, would travel to Kinshasa on the
weekend of July 18-20 while the return fixture a fortnight later would be held
on the weekend of August 1-2.
Speaking on the development, Golden Eaglets' Head coach,
Emmanuel Amuneke (MON), said his boys would be ready irrespective of the opposition:"We
don't have the luxury of picking the team we want to play as such; we would be
ready to play the Congolese."
It would be recalled that the Golden Eaglets in 2013
defeated the Congo Brazzaville 7-0 at the CAN Under-17 in Morocco but Amuneke reckoned
that the fixture against Congo-Kinshasa offers a different challenge.
"Of course, Congo-Kinshasa would be different from
Congo-Brazzaville that we met in Morocco but we know that the Congolese in whatever shape are a strong side
but we would be ready," Amuneke added.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets according to
Amuneke remain focused about the challenges ahead, revealing that series of
upcoming friendly matches would be used to fine-tune the team's rough edges.
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