Abuja - The Golden Eaglets are still on course in spite of the 0-1 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the African U-17 Championship in Morocco on Wednesday, a football official has said.
Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedimma, a member of the Board of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that there was no cause for alarm.
NAN reports that the Eaglets lost to the Ivoriens in their second Group B game at the championship and are now second in the group with three points from two matches.
Cote d’Ivoire, now with four points, dislodged Nigeria from the group’s top position, having picked a point from their first game against Congo Brazzaville.
However, Onyedimma said a win against Congo in the Eaglets’ last group game and a loss for Cote d’ Ivoire against Ghana could still turn the table around in Nigeria’s favour.
"I very much believe in our Under-17 male football team because they have shown a very good example in terms of junior championships.
"In all their qualifying matches, they showed that they could deliver and I am looking forward to them bringing back the trophy in spite of the loss to Cote d’ Ivoire.
"I don’t have any fear about Congo in our last group match.
"It’s just for the coaches to make correction and we will be better. If we can beat Ghana 6-1, then we should expect something good from the team," she said.
Onyedimma, who is also a Deputy Director in the FCT Sports Council, expressed confidence in the ability of the team to pick a ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
NAN reports that the 2013 FIFA World Cup is scheduled for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October.
"For us at the African level, our team is very good. But when you are talking of the world stage, the team may need a little touch here and there.
"Normally, the coaches know that they have to get the video tapes of their opponents’ team.
"This will help them know whether they are going to fortify or maybe leave the team as it is," the NFA board member said.
NAN reports that the Eaglets’ last group game will be against Congo on Saturday at 4 p.m. the same time Ghana will take on Cote d’ Ivoire.