By John Egbokhan reporting from Dubai
Golden Eaglets Head coach, Manu Garba (MFR) believes his players would deliver the goods when they play their last Group F match against Iraq at the Al Rashid Stadium in Dubai today.
Speaking at the official match conference held at the stadium’s Media Centre on yesterday, Manu said the Golden Eaglets were ready to battle the Iraqis who are seeking their first win in the history of the competition.
The Golden Eaglets go into the match as the top team in Group F after a 6-1 win over defending champions, Mexico and a hard-fought 3-3 draw against Sweden.
“We have no other way than to win our game against Iraq and Insha Allah (by the grace of Allah), we are going to win,” Manu said.
“We respect Iraq but we are going to do everything in our capacity to win this match because our objective is to do very well at this championship.”
Not forgetting the loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the CAN Under-17 in Morocco last April Manu said
“You assess a team with the number of chances they create and I disagree with the impression that we struggle against well organised teams. We always do our best and even at the CAN Under-17, we scored 18 goals compared with Cote d’Ivoire that scored five goals.”
Talking specifically about scoring goals, Manu said he has in his arsenal several players who can fill the void created following the loss of star striker, Isaac Success due to injury, adding that the team would cope well despite the obvious setback.
“Success had a scan today and it is unfortunate that he would not be available against Iraq,” said Manu. “But we have other players who can do the job and a good example is Taiwo Awoniyi who scored the equaliser against Sweden.”
Speaking later to Iraq TV, Coach Manu said he has great respect for the Iraqis but maintained that the Golden Eaglets would have the upper hands on Friday.
Meanwhile, Italian referee, Gianluca Rocchi would be in charge. He would be assisted by Elenito Di Liberato and Gianluca Cariolato; the fourth official is Ken Hansen from Denmark. The Golden Eaglets
would wear the Green gear while the Iraqis would be on white.