18 November 2012

Nigeria: Eaglets Coach Manu Seeks Big Win

Nigeria U17 coach Manu Garba has said he hopes for a big win at home today against Mali in an African Junior Championship qualifier.

The Golden Eaglets have walloped Niger 6-0 and then Guinea 3-0 in their two other home games.

"Frankly, I don't like talking too much ahead of our matches but there are no two ways about this, we have to beat Mali well on Sunday," Garba volunteered when pressed about his expectations against the Junior Eagles of Mali, who reached this stage after a 6-3 aggregate win over Mauritania.

"Our objective remains the same, win our matches in convincing style and qualify for the 2013 African Under17 Championship and we are confident that the boys would deliver the goals following their excellent form in our trainings."

He added: "We have done well up to this stage and the truth is that we have not failed to score at least three goals in all our past matches and Mali would not be an exemption by the grace of God.

"We are taking no chance at all and we are ready to score goals through any available opportunity especially through set pieces."

The overall winners of this match-up will advance to the African Junior Championship in Morocco in April.

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