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Eaglets get last chance for World Cup ticket

By John Egbokhan

The reigning world champions at the under-17 level, the Golden Eaglets will today get their final opportunity to qualify to defend their trophy in Chile, when they clash with Zambia at in their final group A match at the African u-17 Championships in Niger. Eaglets top their pool with four points but can ill afford losing to their |Zambian foes, who with a victory will leapfrog the west Africans and qualify for the junior World Cup holding later in the year in south America.

 

Kelechi Iheanacho, Chigozi Obasi, Raymond Japhet and Abdullahi Alfa of Nigeria celebrate their victory after the FIFA World Cup UAE 2013 Final between Nigeria and Mexica at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on November 8, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo FIFA/FIFA)

Speaking ahead of the decider with the junior Chipolopolo at the Stade Municipal in Niamey, Eaglets coach , Emmanuel Amuneke said he was going to be the happiest man on earth should his wards put up a bumper performance to ensure qualification for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile. Siasia was one of the assistant coaches who piloted the Eaglets to win the last edition of the tournament in United Arab Emirates.

 

“Our expectations (against Zambia) is to win and secure our ticket for the World Cup in Chile. We have to psyche up ourselves and forget about the draw against Guinea and are optimistic of a better performance against Zambia. “What we are doing is to lift their spirit and not being hard on them due to the last game and I want to believe they would be ready  to play their usual normal game.

 

We are hopeful of a better performance against Zambia”, Siasia was quoted by the website of the Nigeria Football Federation.The reigning world champions at the under-17 level, the Golden Eaglets will today get their final opportunity to qualify to defend their trophy in Chile, when they clash with Zambia at in their final group A match at the African u-17 Championships in Niger.
Eaglets top their pool with four points but can ill afford losing to their |Zambian foes, who with a victory will leapfrog the west Africans and qualify for the junior World Cup holding later in the year in south America. Speaking ahead of the decider with the junior Chipolopolo at the Stade Municipal in Niamey, Eaglets coach , Emmanuel Amuneke said he was going to be the happiest man on earth should his wards put up a bumper performance to ensure qualification for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

Siasia was one of the assistant coaches who piloted the Eaglets to win the last edition of the tournament in United Arab Emirates. “Our expectations (against Zambia) is to win and secure our ticket for the World Cup in Chile. We have to psyche up ourselves and forget about the draw against Guinea and are optimistic of a better performance against Zambia. “What we are doing is to lift their spirit and not being hard on them due to the last game and I want to believe they would be ready to play their usual normal game. We are hopeful of a better performance against Zambia”, Siasia was quoted by the website of the Nigeria Football Federation.


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