Niamey - Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke is not
leaving any stone unturned ahead of the CAF U-17 Championship semifinal tie
against South Africa’s Amajimbos.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday's semifinal clash, Amuneke
admitted that it would be a keen contest but insisted his boys would grind
another win and qualify for a consecutive African U-17 Championship Final.
“We are okay and first, we are grateful to God that we are
privileged to be in the semi-final. If you remember we were to play them in a friendly
match in Kaduna but unfortunately, it did not take place. Now we are going to
play them in the semifinal and we are optimistic.
“We have worked very hard to reach this stage and we just
have to remain focus, and in the field of play, we have to do our job. Let us
see how it goes but our dream is to win the semifinal (against South Africa)
and proceed to the final.
Nigeria has not lost to South Africa in a competitive match,
and Amuneke is hoping to win
“We are not trying to keep any record but what we would be
trying to do is to win our game (on Wednesday). But we should not forget that
the South Africans are good to be among the last four teams at this competition
and would be representing the African continent at the World Cup (in Chile).
“If you look at their game, you will know that it is a
well-structured team regardless of the fact that they might not be scoring lot
of goals. It a team that it is a well-disciplined side; and they are patient
about what they are playing and they stick to their ideas and concepts. So, it
is left to us to come up with an idea and formula to play them so that they
would know that we are a very good side too.
“This is a total different scenario and we are not interested
in saying we have not lost to them or we have lost to them before. What is most
important for us is that God's willing tomorrow; we are able to secure our
journey to the final.For
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