Former Nigerian manager, Christian Chukwu has said the Golden Eaglets’ 7-0 demolition of Congo’s Junior Red Devils was a clear statement that they will not miss the podium dance when curtain falls on the 10th Africa Under-17 Championship in Morocco.
The Eaglets recovered from Wednesday’s shock 0-1 loss to the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire to lord it over the Congolese in the last Group B match in Marrakech on Saturday.
Chukwu said after the Eaglets secured the World Cup ticket that the coast is now bright for them to grab Africa’s title for the third time.
“That’s a wonderful result. I think Cote d’Ivoire should count themselves lucky to have escaped some of these ruthless whipping in the hands of the Golden Eaglets.
“I must say congratulations to the side and coaching crew for this wonderful result. This set of Under-17 is the best ever assembled in the country.
“I believe they’re on the right path towards emerging as African champions once again. They must remain focused and avoid a repeat of the complacency that caused them defeat in the hands of the Ivorians.
“I still have to congratulate them for maximising the opportunities as a result of the expulsion of the Congolese two players. Red cards are part of the game and they profited massively from it,” said the former Nigerian defender to supersport.com.
Looking ahead of their semi final pairing with Tunisia, the former Harambee Stars manager said that he will welcome a North African challenge than a West African.
“North Africans play more tactical game, the Eaglets should be themselves, avoid imitation but play their own game.
“As a player and coach I’ve always preferred a North African opposition than a West African challenge.
“I don’t see the North Africans stopping the Eaglets from heading to the World Cup as African champions. Tunisia will surely come out for war but the Eaglets will overcome their hurdle,” said the Green Eagles captain.
Africa’s representatives at the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates are hosts, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire.
The Ivorians ended their group campaign as runners-up and will battle hosts, Morocco in the semifinals in Casablanca on Tuesday.