Lome - Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has warned his
wards to be wary of Mali when they meet for the second time in as many days at the
WAFU B Under-17 Tournament in Togo on Wednesday at the Stade Municipal.
Nigeria and Mali were left in Group B following the
withdrawal of Niger from the tournament and Wednesday's match slated for
3:00pm local time( 4:00pm Nigerian time) would determine who tops the group.
Golden Eaglets had already recorded 2-0 win on Monday and
would need at least draw to secure the top position of the group with a chance
of meeting Group A runner-up in the semi-final on Friday.
"The game on Monday gave us better ideas about the
Malians and I must confess, they are a very good side," Amuneke said after
Eaglets training session on Tuesday.
"We had thought the Malians were going to parade big
players like they did when we played them during the qualifiers for the 2013
CAN Championship in Morocco, but I'm quite impressed with the young boys they
The former African Footballer of the Year said his desire at
the tournament was to win all his matches and has therefore warned his boys to
expect fight back from the Malians.
"Of course, the game on Wednesday would be a total
different one because the Malians would want to avenge their defeat but what we
just have to consolidate on our position.”