With few days left to the commencement of the 10th Caf U17 Championship in Morocco, Nigeria born football technocrat based in Cambodia Ken Gadaffi has predicted doom for all Golden Eaglets’ opponents at the African cadet tourney.
In an exclusive interview with Goal.com on a short visit to Nigeria, the towering football expert who doubles as an adviser to the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia has dismissed likely threats to be formed by other participating countries.
“These Eaglets have been outstanding in their qualifiers and friendlies. The way this team has dispatched their opponents has been phenomenal, I don’t see any team in this tournament stopping these lads from glory. These boys are hungry for success, so Nigerians should expect a good showing in Morocco,” said Gadaffi.
“I am happy they were able to go abroad to prepare and going to Aspire in Qatar was a great move. They surely will be boosted by that exposure. Manu Garba on his own part has proven to be a good coach by assembling the best legs in the country.”
When asked about the possibility of the Black Starlets of Ghana to pose a likely threat to Nigeria’s quest of winning her third title in this championship based on their age-long rivalry at this level, the associate professor of Rural Sociology and Extension at the Phnom Penh International University was quick to point out that all that won’t count.
“At youth level, experience of the players doesn’t really count as such. You know most of these boys are certainly witnessing a competition like this level for the first time in their lives but the tactical and technical competence of the bench will come handy if they want to prove a point,” Gadaffi concluded.
Nigeria will compete against Ghana, Cote d’ivoire and Congo in Group B for a place at the World U17 Championships to be staged in the United Arab Emirates.