Head Coach of Nigeria’s U-17 team, Manu Garba has said they have learnt a lot from the recently concluded UEFA/CAF invitational tournament in Turkey and are well on course to defend the colours of the country in Brazil, AOIFootball.con reports.
Speaking at the team’s training in Abuja, the 2013 cadet World Cup winner further praised the level of opposition the team faced in the competition whilst also stating that they have learnt from the loss to Senegal in their final game.
“I think it was a good exposure for the boys. Since the last AFCON in April the team had not played any international match and they faced very stiff opposition from different confederations which was very good for the exposure of their confidence.
“We also learnt a lot from the loss to Senegal. They prepared better than any other team in the competition. They had eight players from the African Games and also played a competition in France before coming down to Turkey. Overall it was a good tournament for the team,” Garba saidd.
The Golden Eaglets spanked hosts Turkey 2-0 in their opening game in the invitational tournament before thrashing Guatemala 5-1 and then succumbing to fellow West Africans Senegal 4-2 in their final match.
The team will begin their quest for their 6th FIFA U-17 crown later this month in Brazil and are placed in Group B alongside Hungary, Ecuador and Australia.