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NFA boss tips Eaglets to fly

22 April 2013, 17:17

Abuja - The Nigerian Football Association President, Aminu Maigari, believes the current national team is on course to reclaim the CAF Under 17 Championships.

The Golden Eaglets are the team to beat at the continental event and showed their potential with a 7-0 thrashing of Congo.

The highest margin at the tournament took them to the top of Group B in Marrakech and set a date with Tunisia on Wednesday.

Nigeria has won the CAF U17 Championship in 2001 and 2007, and Maigari said believes the current team is on the threshold of emulating those teams.

"The next match against Tunisia is even more important because a win would take you (team) to the final and we believe you have the capacity to do that but at the same time, I want you to apply yourselves even more," he told the players ahead of the semifinal.

Head coach, Manu Garba, reiterated the commitment of the Eaglets at this tournament, adding that the players are ready to work extra hard to achieve glory.

"We are keeping the players focused against Tunisia. In fact, we started training on Sunday so as just to regenerate the players ahead of the semifinals," he said.

The Nigerians can only underrate Tunisia at their own peril. The North Africans are yet to lose at this tournament.
They beat Botswana and Gabon 3-1 and 4-2 respectively.

A 1-1 draw with hosts Morocco saw them finish second in Group A courtesy of an inferior goal difference.

- CAJ News


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