As the country's U-17 players perfect strategy for this weekend's African qualifier against Guinea, the team's head coach has cautioned the goal poachers against being wasteful
Golden Eaglets’ head coach, Manu Garba (MFR) has told his wards that the easiest way they could knock out Guinea, their second round opponent in the African Under-17 qualifier is to score as many goals as possible in Sunday’s first leg match slated for the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Reviewing last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Leopards Football Club of Calabar, during the team’s training session on Monday, Garba told the players - particularly the strikers - to put on their thinking caps in order to convert the many scoring opportunities that would come their way.
The Golden Eaglets have, over time, displayed a remarkable appetite for goals with an astonishing record of 73 goals in 16 matches played so far - including local and international friendlies - as well as their first round matches against Niger!
While the team recorded 55 goals in 11 matches against amateur teams within Calabar and its environs, they beat Junior Wasps of Rwanda 5-0 and 3-0 in two international friendly matches before their 10-1 aggregate score line in their first round 2013 African qualifier against Niger- cumulatively, the Golden Eaglets have scored a healthy six goals per match!
Yet Garba has charged the players to pummel Guinea on Sunday so that the second leg in Conakry would be a mere formality.
“The game we played last Saturday was okay but I believe we should have done better given the fact that we created so many opportunities,” noted the erstwhile captain of El-Kanemi Football Club of Maiduguri.
“We created about 12 chances but we were able to score just four goals and you would agree with me that this is even below your usual standard.”
He equally reminded the players that winning with a handsome goal margin against Guinea is the only way the team can avoid elimination.
“What we want from you against Guinea is to occupy and take possession of the field,” he noted. “We want as many goals as possible because this is what we have been noted for.
“We don’t want to concede any goal at home so that the job would be easier when we go for the return leg match in Conakry,” he added.