By Kate Obodo
Golden Eaglets coach John Obuh is oozing with confidence especially after his team white-washed New Zealand 5-0 in the round of 16 last Thursday. He believes his team is getting better with every game and believes that the Koreans will not be a hard nut to crack when they lock horns in the quarter finals of the on-going FIFA U-17 in Calabar on Monday.
â€œAgainst Korea like every match, we would employ a different pattern.Â The Koreans will not be a problem to us. Of course, we have w
atched them play in various matches particularly in their last match against Mexico. I think we are going to adapt a new and different format in order to subdue them but we are not going to underrate them,â€ Obuh said.
However, he lauded his team for putting up a brilliant performance against New Zealand defeating the Oceania side 5-0 in the second round of the on-going FIFA World Cup.The former Niger Tornadoes coach is positive that with the way his team is going, they will make history again.
Late coach Adeyemi Tellaâ€™s team won the last edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2007 in South Korea and Obuh looks good to retain the trophy on home soil. Doubts over the true ages of the players had forced the Nigeria Football Federation to carry MRI test on the team, a situation that saw 15 players dropped from the squad because they were older than the required age limit.
Though, there are still calls that the team still has some over aged players, the coach Obuh side has been able to sweep that under the carpet wit their sizzling performance at the tournament.
â€œFirst, I want congratulate my boys for putting up a gallant performance. Well, I feel good seeing my team come this far in the competition. There were many obstacles at the beginning but we were able to overcome them”, Obuh said.
We thank God after all we are working toward success and if we achieve our set objective, we will give thanks to God.
â€œThe way we are going, I am confident that victory will definitely be oursâ€, Obuh said.