Nigeria’s junior national soccer team will commence their final preparations for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Calabar tomorrow, just as coach Manu Garba is targeting the trophy.
The Eaglets are aiming to follow in the footsteps of the 2007 set by winning the tournament billed for October 17 to November 8 in the United Arab Emirates.
About thirty players who passed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test will slug it out in Calabar for final list of 22 players that will make it to the competition.
“I have seen boys that are showing willingness to play and ready to give the sport their all. But I still have a responsibility to blend them, work on their imperfections so as to make a formidable team out of them,” said coach Garba.
He added that his emphasise will be target shooting with an aim at scoring goals, as well as ensuring good defensive formations, stressing, “There will be no room for slips. We want to build a defence that is tight without loopholes for opponents to exploit to score goals. We shall also ensure we do not concede goals”
I am aiming at a gold medal to add to my collections and also make Nigeria and Africa proud because that is the joy of going into such a competition.
I have confidence in my players and I believe they will lift the trophy and bring joy to Nigerians at home, like the Super Eagles did at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa,” he added.
Garba was part of the coaching crew that won the 2007 African U-17 Championship in Togo and the FIFA World Cup the same year in South Korea.