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Golden Eaglets to feature in WAFU tourney

02 April 2014, 18:24Israel Ojoko

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 crew.

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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