The Golden Eaglets have vowed to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, holding later this year. This is to avoid a repeat of the fate that befell the Super Eagles who failed to qualify for the last Africa Cup of Nations which they were the defending champions.
The Eaglets will face Zambia’s Junior Chipolopolo tomorrow.. They need to win the match to top the group and keep their hope of playing at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile alive. The Eaglets are the defending champions. A draw with their Zambian counterparts can also ensure their qualification for the semi final and a ticket to the World Cup.
After escaping defeat in their second group match against Guinea at the ongoing African Under 17 Championship in Niger, the Golden Eaglets still remain on top of their group with superior goal difference. They have the same four points with Guinea who are second behind the Nigerians.
The Eaglets have a tougher game with Zambia who have three points and would displace the Nigerians if they win. The Guineans, however, have a relative weak team in host Niger who have already been eliminated from the championspip.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke who was disappointed with the play of the Eagles against Guinea is sure that his wards would pick one of the two tickets to represent Africa at the global level in Chile.
“This is a tournament for young players and anything can happen. Teams in Group A are all good but unpredictable. So we just have to aim to win and nothing else,” Amunike said.
Nigeria have won the Africa under-17 title four times.