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.
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“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
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.For
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