Nigeria’s cadet national team, Golden Eaglets’ coach, Manu Garba has admitted he has limited time to prepare the team for this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup, but promised to give his very best efforts in putting together a squad capable of making the country proud.
Although he admitted time is against him and his assistants in building the latest Eaglets squad before this year’s championship begins October in Brazil, the UAE 2013-winning coach said he is happy that they have another chance to try out the players with participation at an invitational competition billed for Turkey in the coming week.
The former youth international, who was part of the Flying Eagles’ squad to Chile ’87 World Youth Championship and later on coached Wikki Tourist of Bauchi, said he expects his side to do well at the invitational tournament in Turkey between September 20 and 28, which is aimed at preparing the Eaglets for the U17 World Cup in Brazil, which will kick off on October 26.
With the team billed to fly out of Abuja in midweek, Manu sees it as another opportunity to test some new players in his squad and see the development of others, with a view to making the best use of the opportunity to put more plans in motion towards the Cadet World Cup, where the squad that placed fourth at this year’s U17 AFCON in Tanzania, are drawn against Hungary, Ecuador and Australia in the group stage.
The coach added that his squad should be able to maintain Nigeria’s historic surge in the Cadet Mundial, with five trophies to the country’s name from China ’85, Japan ’93, Korea 2007, UAE 2013 and Chile 2015, of which he won the second to last, which he hopes to repeat at Brazil 2019.
Manu admitted: “There is no time for us to prepare, because October is already round the corner. We are going to Turkey next week for an invitational competition, which is also part of our preparations for the World Cup.
“During the competition in Turkey, we hope to see more of the boys and get them into the mood of the World Cup. We have won it five times before, but that does not mean we will find it easy in Brazil. That’s why we have to prepare well.”