Santiago - Nigeria U17 coach Emmanuel Amuneke has reacted to
suggestions his team is basically built around just two players- Captain Kelechi
Nwakali and Victor Osimhen.
Both players proved to be key men during the CAF U17
championship in Niger Republic earlier in the year, and have continued to carry
the team with their goals and impressive performances.
But Amuneke says there are other good players in his team
and not just Nwakali and Osimhen.
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"I don’t have to agree or disagree with people’s
opinion on such matter but I think this team is not based only on Nwakali and
Osimhen; we have other good players in the team," Amuneke argued.
"I don’t always like to talk about individual players;
we should not forget that these are players just growing up and we should not
put too much pressure on them. I want
all the players to work for each other; play as a team and that is the only way
we can get the best out of them.
"People easily mention Nwakali and Osimhen because they
have been with us for a very long time but in the process of building this
team, we have seen other good players. I just want all our players to go out
there and do their best," Amuneke stressed.
Both players are already living up to expectations, with
Osimhen already in three goals, while Nwakali has scored one.
The team has qualified for the round of 16 of the
competition having won their second game 5-1 against Chile.For
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