Santiago - Following their passage to the quarter-final of
the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup, Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke has said
they are now candidates to win the title.
The Nigerian U17's, defending world champions, smashed
Australia 6-0 in their round of 16 fixture to book a quarter-final date with
Brazil and Amuneke says they're in with a shout to win it, but also
acknowledges Brazil are favourites.
Also read: Amuneke predicts tough test against Australia
"We are candidates to win the title, but so are Brazil.
We will work to put up a good fight," said Amuneke after the smashing
victory over Australia.
Speaking on the win over the Aussies, the former Nigeria
winger says they played against a very good Australian team, but suggested his
team was better.
"It was a very interesting match. We knew that
Australia was a good team because they qualified from a very difficult group,
but my players were able to recuperate themselves from the loss against Croatia
and regained their level.
"Victor (Osimhen) had a great game, although the
philosophy of this team is to play collectively."
A win against Brazil takes Nigeria to the semi-finals, and
another step closer to retaining the title, and winning it for a record 5th
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