After having a healthy 4-1 away victory over the Junior Menas of Niger, the U-17 coaches have re-echoed their belief that the team would repeat the feat in Calabar on Saturday
The Golden Eaglets have vowed to win their first round, second leg African Under-17 qualifier against Junior Menas of Niger in their qualifier at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar on Saturday.
Head coach Manu Garba (MFR), said winning is what matters to the team in order to secure their progress to the second round of the tournament.
“We want to win at home as we did two weeks ago in Niamey and we are leaving nothing for chance,” noted Garba.
Speaking on the popular Good Morning Calabar TV show on CRBC, assistant coach Emmanuel Amuneke (MON) was even more forthcoming about the chance of the Nigerian side.
“We know there is a huge interest in this game after our 4-1 in Niamey but we shall be ready for the game," Amuneke said. “We are realistic about our expectations and we are approaching the game with the same winning mentality."
Already, there is the small talk that the match is going to be a walkover for the Golden Eaglets on account of their flattering 4-1 win in Niamey but Amuneke has begged to differ, insisting that football is not as easy as ABC.
"Of course, we want to win but we must work for it," the former African Footballer of the Year said."We are confident they would rise to the occasion."
Pressed to predict the outcome of the match, Suleiman Abubakar, Eaglets' coordinator who was also on the GMC set, said what is guaranteed already is good football from the team, asking the local fans to come and see the Nigerian youngsters.
“We don't count our chickens before they are hatched and we don't want to talk about how many goals we are going to score," Abubakar emphasised." What we can assure the fans is good football and hopefully the goals would come.