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Ugbade: Golden Eaglets are in a tough group

11 August 2015, 16:01

Lagos - Former assistant coach to the Nigeria Under-17 team Nduka Ugbade, says the Golden Eaglets grouped alongside host Chile, Croatia and the USA in group A at the FIFA U17 World Cup are indeed in a very tough group.

He made this known in an interview with fifa.com ahead of the cadet championship schedule to start on the 17th of October, where Nigeria is aiming to win a record fifth title.

Also read: Amuneke unfazed despite drawing hosts in U17 World Cup group

“The Chileans have just won the Copa America and the pressure is on them to produce an U-17 team that will be able to beat the world, but the Nigerian players should have an understanding that we were the first country to win this event and a lot of players from Nigeria have won it, with Nwankwo Kanu and others, he said

"Most of the players who won it in 2013 are playing abroad and making millions, so they should know that they have their destiny in their hands, and that even though they are young they have to be highly competitive."

Nigerian Nduka Ugbade is in the history books as the first captain to lift the FIFA U-17 World Cup. That was in 1985 when the young defender captained the Golden Eaglets to victory in the first-ever FIFA tournament at that age level.

Some 27 years later, Ugbade had an opportunity to again experience glory in the competition, when he assisted Manu Garba as the Golden Eaglets won their fourth title, beating Mexico 3-0 in the final played in Abu Dhabi. Interestingly, it was the fourth U-17 World Cup played in Asia and Nigeria have won all of them.

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