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We won’t underrate Sweden – Garba

Head Coach Manu Garba has said pointedly here that the Golden Eaglets would not underrate their next Group F opponent, Sweden in their second game at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup after beating defending champions, Mexico 6-1 yesterday.

The Golden Eaglets would return to Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday to face debutante Sweden and Garba said at the post-match media conference that the Eaglets would approach the game against the Europeans in a professional way.

“There is no and won’t be any easy game at this tournament and we are not going to underrate Sweden because we beat Mexico 6-1,” he said.

“We are going to approach the match against Sweden with the same manner as we did against Mexico because our objective is to win the fourth title for Nigeria.”

He said the convincing win against the Mexicans was not unexpected given the pedigree of the team overtime.

“The victory against Mexico is not going to have a negative impact on my players because they know what they have to do,” he maintained. “This is not the first time we are beating a team with such a high margin. We had beaten teams by 11-0 score line back home, so it is nothing new to us to score so many goals against the Mexicans.

“We are looking forward to the next game against Sweden knowing well that all the teams at this championship are here based on merit,” he added.


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