Golden Eaglets of Nigeria head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has said that the team is battle ready for the FIFA U17 world cup slated for October in Chile.
Eaglets, the defending champions are drawn in Group A alongside hosts Chile, Croatia and USA.
Amuneke said although the team was erratic in the qualifiers, they will improve in Chile because they have been working hard to prepare.”
“We have been drawn in a very interesting group against the host nation Chile and two strong countries in Croatia and USA.
“The plan is to channel our preparation towards the first game against the United States knowing a bad start could have a negative effect on the team.
“Importantly we need to remain focused, look at the areas where we can improve from the goalkeeping department to the attack.”
Amuneke was the assistant coach when Nigeria won the U-17 World Cup trophy for a record fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 said despite the absence of notable stars in the 2015 squad, there will still be pressure on his side, but that he is concerned with the collective contribution of every player in the team.
“I understand the fans’ expectations and my job is to take the pressure off these young boys.”
“Every winning team wants to win every tournament, but we should not create unnecessary euphoria because other teams have worked their socks off to get to Chile.
The former African Footballer of the year said Nigerians deserve the best in Chile and that the team and the technical crew are passionate it even as he noted that everything would be done to represent the country well in Chile.
“A lot of factors affected the team in Niger and we must ensure it does not repeat itself again. We should also look at the Golden Eaglets as the only African representative from the last edition that actually qualified for this tournament in Chile. It indicates there is something positive about this team.”

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