U-17: We will beat Mali well - Manu Garba

Nigeria's U17 coach has advised the country to have implicit trust in his team as they step out against Mali on Sunday in an African qualifier in Calabar

Golden Eaglets would seek a convincing victory against their Malian counterparts on Sunday to ensure the country’s smooth passage to the African Under-17 championship for the first time in six years, so predicted the head coach of the team, Manu Garba(MFR).

Nigeria's last appearance at the Under-17 continental championship was in 2007 when the late coach Yemi Tella guided the Eaglets to victory in Lome, Togo en route to Korea where they equally emerged world champions.

Coincidentally, current Golden Eaglets’ head coach Garba assisted Tella in 2007 and is enthusiastic that the country would qualify for Morocco 2013 by ensuring a resounding victory against Mali on Sunday to make the second leg in Bamako in a fortnight mere formality.

"Frankly, I don't like talking too much ahead of our matches but there are no two ways about this, we have to beat Mali well on Sunday," Garba said when pressed about his expectations against the Junior Eagles of Mali who reached this stage after a 6-3 aggregate win over Mauritania.

“Our objective remains the same, win our matches in convincing style and qualify for the 2013 African Under-17 Championship and we are confident that the boys would deliver the goals following their excellent form in our training sessions," he noted.