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The U17 hero has told Goal that it won't be a stroll in the park for his set if they want to make the final cut in coach Manu Garba's Flying Eagles

By Shemmy Sholabomi

Manchester City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho has said that it would be very tough to make the present Nigeria U20 squad under coach Manu Garba.

The coach dropped three players from his squad during the week as the team begins preparations for the qualifying series of the African Youth Championship.

"It is going to be very difficult for our set in the Eaglets to make the first team of the present Flying Eagles but I can assure you that we will put up a good fight and work very hard to make the team," Iheanacho told Goal.

"Playing in the Flying Eagles is quite different from playing for the Eaglets and I and my colleagues are quite aware of this and that is why we need to work very hard to make the team.

"But the advantage we have is that we have played under the chief coach before and we know what he wants from us.

"Another thing is that every player is equal under coach Manu Garba. So there is nothing like preferential treatment for Europe-based players. All players must play and prove themselves to make his team," he warned.

Iheanacho who was the most valuable player of the 2013 FIFA U- 17 World Cup expressed happiness over the reception accorded him at his new club Manchester City.

"The senior players and my colleagues have really made me to settle down easily. I am learning gradually at Man City and I think I am enjoying my stay there," he said.

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