Lagos - Former Nigeria U17 assistant coach Nduka Ugbade has
warned against putting too much pressure on the present U17 team, ahead of
their participation at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.
Ugbade, who was Manu Garba’s assistant when they won the
2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, says football at the U17
level is more of ‘youth psychology’, and ‘how to deal with youths’, rather than
winning at all cost.
“Football at the U17 level is more of youth psychology, how
to deal with youths, psychologically, and not just about the football. You have
to synchronise how the players think for every ten minutes at least so they can
have a similar thought patter for the ninety minutes a game will last. So it is
not an easy place to coach,” Ugbade explained.
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The 1985 FIFA U16 World Cup winner went further to state
however, that despite the competition being a developmental one, the Golden
Eaglets must showcase the finish product in the end.
“Despite the competition and football at this level is
purely for development, you must showcase the end product at the end of the
day,” Ugbade added.
The Eaglets are in Group A, with hosts Chile, Croatia and
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