Garba unfolds plans for new U17 team


Garba Manu, (In pic) Nigeria’s new U17, also known as the Golden Eaglets head coach has stated categorically that he will be guided by equity and fairplay in team’s selection with the cardinal objective of qualifying Nigeria for the next FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recently appointed Manu as the head of the Golden Eaglets’ coaching crew that includes former African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke (assistant coach 1), Nduka Ugbade; who captained the Golden Eaglets to win the maiden FIFA U-16 World Cup in 1985( assistant coach 2) as well as former youth international , Emeka Amadi (goalkeepers’ coach.

The crew has been working under the scene and would unfold its plans immediately after meeting with the NFF, but Manu has given an insight on what to expect in the coming months.

“People should not worry about what to expect from us,” said Manu, who assisted late Coach Yemi Tella when Nigeria won the Under-17 World Cup in Korea in 2007.

“Every talented Nigerian within the Under-17 age bracket stands a chance of making the team.”
He explained that he would embark on screening of players on the home front while not ruling out the possibility of giving a look-in at Nigerian players in Diaspora.

He promised to speak extensively on his programme after rubbing minds with the NFF, which is expected to come up soon.
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