Vanguard (Lagos)

18 November 2012

Nigeria/Mali: Golden Eaglets Target Big Win Over Mali

Nigeria's Golden Eaglets are up against a strong Malian opponent in today's African Under-17 Championship qualifier, at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar and the team are being expected to up their game and make the second leg a less cumbersome enterprise.

The Eaglets coached by Manu Garbu and assisted by Emmanuel Amuneke and Nduka Ngbade have been outstanding in their previous qualifying games against Niger Republic and Guinea, scoring a total of 17 goals and giving away just one.

Against the Malians who were equally ruthless in their qualification pursuit, the Eaglets, according to Amuneke, are in high spirits and are ready to do a familiar run against the Malians their last hurdle to the 2013 Championship billed for Algeria.

"Our aim is not only to win, but to win with a wide margin," said the Eagles former winger.

The game will be played under baking conditions in Calabar, but coach Garba insisted that the Eaglets are well prepared for the task ahead.

"We shouldn't have any worry playing any time as we've been training over time both in bad and good weather condition.

"We must brace up for the Malian challenge. I don't believe any sacrifice is too big on our part as far as it guarantees outright victory," he said.

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