Lagos - The Golden Eaglets are to
take part in a six-nation sub-regional West African Football (WAFU) Under-17
Tournament to be held in Togo between April 19 and 27.
Hosts Togo are grouped alongside
Benin Republic and Cote d'Ivoire in Group A while Nigeria, Niger and Mali were
pooled together in Group B.
Incidentally, Nigeria beat Niger
and Mali on their way to glory at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab
Emirates and the tourney in Lome would be a good opportunity to test the resolve
of the new team being put together by the coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led technical
Meanwhile, Amuneke who is
expected to name a provisional list of 30 players for the WAFU Tournament soon,
has cleared the air on erroneous impression that players are not given adequate
playing time to showcase their talents.
"We are clear about our
objectives and there is a certain standard we are expecting from players even
at this level. We are doing our best to ensure that everybody is given the
opportunity to show what they can do", he said.
The on-going screening exercise
would be rounded off this weekend in order for the coaching crew to concentrate
efforts on the players to be picked eventually for the WAFU Tournament.
"Of course, we are going to
give opportunity to others even after the tournament in Togo; nothing is conclusive
yet as we build towards the African qualifiers," added Amuneke.
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