Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 December 2012

Nigeria: Ugbade - Technical Crew Will Return Eaglets Glory Days

Golden Eaglets Assistant Coach Nduka Ugbade has said that the team's technical crew will re-organise it for better performance.

Ugbade in an interview in Lagos yesterday said that the re-organisation would be carried out before the commencement of the 2013 African Youth Championship in Morocco.

He said the team would play some friendly matches with local and foreign teams to get the right balance.

"In fact, as part of the preparation and build up to the U-17 championship, we are already playing friendly matches with local and foreign sides to build a strong team," he said over the telephone.

The coach added that 35 players had been pencilled down for the task ahead, and that each player had to compete for a slot in the team.

"Through the friendly matches we have lined up, we should be able to select our final set of players to represent the country in Morocco next year.

"We want to use this championship to make up for the disappointment of not qualifying for the last three editions," Ugbade said.

Ugbade, who captained the 1985 Golden Eaglets squad that won the FIFA U-17 Championship in China, called on the Nigeria Football Federation to adequately support the team.

Nigeria will play in Group B alongside Congo, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana in the April 13 to April 27 championship. NAN

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