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Eaglets’ performance highlights abundance of unharnessed talents in Nigeria, says Chukwu

Nigerian Funsho Bamgboye (centre) vies for the ball with Brazilian Dodo (left) and Guilherme during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Vina del Mar, Chile… on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP.

Nigerian Funsho Bamgboye (centre) vies for the ball with Brazilian Dodo (left) and Guilherme during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Vina del Mar, Chile… on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP.

NIGERIA’S performance so far at the on-going FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile has shown that given the right environment the country’s youths can hold their own against the best of their peers from other parts of the world. That was the submission of former national team captain, Christian Chukwu, following the Golden Eaglets 3-0 defeat of Brazil on Sunday to qualify for the semifinals of the Cadet World Cup.

Chukwu, who heaped praises on the Eaglets for coming out victorious against a football powerhouse like Brazil, said the win would give the boys the confidence needed to win their remaining games.

The former Harambee Stars of Kenya manager noted that the Eaglets’ sterling performance at the cadet championship was a clear evidence that Nigeria has abundant young talents in the grassroots waiting to be discovered.

He, however, cautioned the players against underrating their opponents as they prepare for the semifinal tie, saying that the Coach Emmanuel Amuneke tutored lads needed high level of technical discipline to become champions of the world for the fifth time.

“The Eaglets have what it takes to win the U-17 World Cup, especially after their 3-0 victory against Brazil. They should keep up the winning spirit.



3 Comments
  • Artful ºDodger

    Hmm…Chukwu, you would have made sense if over age players were useful to Nigeria at the senior level. Take a look at these ones we say are under 17 who are mostly almost 30 compared to the real U17 from the rest of the world. How many of the Nigerian players actually have birth certificate that says they are 17? Simple answer= NONE!

    • Jide

      Artful or whatever your name is, have you had of MRI? looking at those lads they really look very young. And one thing you might not know is that they all have to go through MRI test and stuffs. At this modern time you can’t be 20 and pass the test. Your bone will tell. Instead of you praying for our boys you are prosecuting them. Shame on you.

      • takethetrain

        stalker

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