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Henry Nwosu backs Flying Eagles coach to continue

24 June 2015, 17:08

Lagos - Former Nigeria midfielder Henry Nwosu has urged the Nigerian Football Federation to retain Manu Garba as head coach of the U20 team, despite their failure at the Junior World Cup.

The Flying Eagles arrived in New Zealand for the U20 World Cup as one of the title favourites, but flattered to deceive and were knocked out of the tournament before the quarter-final stage.

The under-performance of the team has led to calls for Garba to be replaced as the coach of the team, but Nwosu believes this would not be in the best interest of football development in Nigeria.

Also read: Onigbinde defends ousted Flying Eagles

"They should allow him to continue so that he can build on what he has done already," said the playmaker.

"He has done well in the past and just because the team failed in New Zealand doesn't mean he is not good.

"He should encouraged and given the necessary things to improve and succeed in the future just like he did at the U17 level."

Garba masterminded Nigeria's U17 World Cup win in the UAE in 2013 and won the African Youth Championship earlier this year with largely the same group of players he took to the U20 World Cup.

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