Nigeria’s U17 football team get support


Manchester-based Nigerian coach, Chukwuma Akuneto (In pic) has sent his best wishes to Nigeria’s U17 national team crew, promising to support the team in any way possible.

Akuneto is currently working as head coach of FC United Club of Manchester United (an Under-18 youth side) but has promised to support the country’s quest for glory despite missing out on the shortlist of coaches the Golden Eaglets.

“I wish the coaches and the team the very best,” said the former Rangers International FC of Enugu player.

“Nigeria is my country and I would pray and show my support always.”

In the same vein, Tijani Babangida, former Nigerian international, believes the combination of experience and exposure epitomized in the appointment of Manu Garba and Emmanuel Amuneke as head and assistant coach of the team is good for the country.

Babangida, who shot into the limelight at the 1991 All Africa Games Football Tournament in Cairo, applauded the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over various coaching appointments for the National Under-17 team, saying unity of purpose is the key factor needed to achieve positive results.

“Manu has acquired the necessary experience under late coach Yemi Tella and he has also got great experience now as chief coach of Gombe United,”

Babangida said matter-of-factly. “Amuneke with his European coaching certificate would combine very well with Manu. It’s a combination of experience and exposure. This is a dream team that also has Nduka Ugbade and Emeka Amadi.”
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