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Golden Eaglets coach prepares for tough Amajimbos test

24 February 2015, 21:29Israel Ojoko

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.

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