Abuja - Golden Eaglets Head Coach, Manu Garba has described
the arrival of Coach Nduka Ugbade to the U-17 National Camp in Abuja as a good
addition that would bolster the team’s quest for a ticket to the Africa U17 Cup
of Nations to be held in Madagascar next year.
Ugbade was FIFA U-16 World Cup-winning captain in 1985 and
Garba's assistant when Nigeria won her fourth FIFA U-17 World in 2013 in the
UAE, and when the Flying Eagles won a record seventh Africa U-20 title in
Senegal in 2015.
The former Super Eagle was reappointed into the country’s
cadet side last week by the board of Nigeria Football Federation.
Garba, while introducing Ugbade at the team Monday's morning
training session at the NFF\FIFA Goal Project pitch, said the former Nigerian
international would bring his wealth of his experience to bear on the team.
"I'm happy to introduce coach (Nduka) Ugbade. We have
worked together both with Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles and for some of you
who don't know him, he was the captain when Nigeria won the Kodak U-16 World
Cup in China in 1985," explained Garba.
"As I have repeatedly said, you have to listen to us
and we are one big family here; and we want you to listen because you have so
much to learn from him (Ugbade)."
In his post-mortem of Monday's training, Ugbade said he was
impressed with the calibre of players already assembled, promising to contribute
his own quota to the success of the team.
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Golden Eaglets coordinator, Prince Udofia, was equally
excited about Ugbade, praising the NFF for rallying support towards the success
of the team.
"I've heard so much interesting things about Coach
Ugbade and I'm quite impressed with what I have seen of him even on his first
day at our training," explained the former tough-tackling defender of
"He combines coaching with psychology and I think he's
a hard worker which is good for the boys."
The Golden Eaglets have stepped up preparation towards next
week’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against neighbouring Niger
News24 had reported earlier in July that Garba's first son, Mubarak, got married to his beautiful fiancée Fatima Aminu Musa at a wedding Fatihah held at Miyyeti Central Masjid Mosque.For
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