U-17 World Cup: Eaglets will do well against Mexico, Sweden and Iraq, says Amunike

The former international has disclosed that the cadet national team are not afraid of the teams in their group for the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates
Former international and Golden Eaglets assistant coach, Emmanuel Amunike has revealed that the Nigerian side will do well in Group F of the U-17 World Cup comprising Iraq, Sweden and Mexico.

The Eaglets will play their first game on October 19 against Mexico.

Amunike told Goal from Uyo where the team is playing a series of friendly matches that they are aware of what they are going into, and will be ready to face any team that comes their way.

"I am optimistic we will do well at the World Cup. We got the call from coach Garba Manu immediately after the draw and there is excitement among the players that the stage is finally set," Amunike told Goal.

"I saw determination in their eyes when Manu called from the draw ceremony. We have done everything we need to do. We have prepared very well and we are set to go.

"I am not comparing any of the teams in our group because these days, football cannot be predicted. The three countries are good in their own right.

"They are also capable of springing surprises."

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The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner further said the aim of the team is to begin to win their matches from the first game against Mexico.

"Every team goes into a competition with the aim of winning the trophy. That has been the mentality we have built into the players from day one.

"Nigeria will not enter into the competition to make up the numbers. We are sure of the potentials in the team and the world will see a brand new Golden Eaglets from October," Amunike concluded.