Lagos - Flying Eagles defeated host Senegal to win the African Youth Championship in Dakar on Sunday, but the attention has now shifted to the FIFA U20 World Cup to be hosted by New Zealand in May.
Coach of the Nigeria U20 team Manu Garba led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup trophy in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, and is set to repeat same feat at the U20 level.
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With at least half of the U20 squad progressing from the U17 team, Garba is confident his team has improved for the tougher and more demanding challenge in New Zealand.
“We are the future of Nigerian football and now with adequate preparations, we will try to win the World Cup in New Zealand.”
Nigeria have twice come close to landing the U20 World Cup, but on both occasions in 1989 and 2005 they fell short by losing the finals, and the football fans of the most populous black nation on earth will be banking on Garba and his wards to bring home the trophy.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.