By John Egbokhan
As Nigeria begin their title defence of the FIFA Under-17 Cup tomorrow at the Abuja National Stadium, Golden Eaglets tactician, John Obuh is putting his hopes on God for a successful outing by his side.
The Nigerian side, who have been plagued by a myriad of setbacks, in the months, leading to this tournament, are facing a German side, who come into the fray
with burning desire to do an encore over the homers, whose Under-20 side, were beaten 3-2 by Germanyâ€™s Under-20 side, in the recently concluded FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
For Obuh, whose side, have been battered by many crises, ranging from poor preparations to the scandal that revolved around the Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans that axed about 16 first team members of the squad, tomorrowâ€™s curtain raiser provides him with the right opportunity to prove his doubters wrong, by getting maximum points.
And in a recent chat with Sports Vanguard at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Obuh, the former Niger Tornadoes gaffer, underlined the importance of divine intervention to his sideâ€™s title aspirations.
â€œI am not trusting in man to do well. I have put all my trust in the Almighty God because he is the One who makes the difference, whenever called upon. I trust in God to lead my team to victory, first against Germany, then against all other opponents that come our way.
â€œOn my part, I have done what is required and I hope that the players would play their part well to ensure that we retain the trophy. It will be tough but we can do well if we play well and trust in God to make things happenâ€, added Obuh, who needs no reminder that other teams coming into the tournament, also trust in God to lead them to victory.
Nigeria have won the trophy three times, the first time, happening in 1985 in Beijing, China. Nigeria have a better record than the Germans, who are yet to win the cadet tournament.