Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Eagles Must Give Hundred Per Cent, Says Manu Garba

National U-17 Chief Coach, Manu Garba has called on the Super Eagles players to give their hundred per cent in the remaining matches, if they are to make progress in the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The coach said against the Stallions of Burkina Faso, the Eagles did not play as a team saying most of the players attempted to impress to the detriment of the team's ambition.

He said the Eagles defence is being blamed for letting down the team but the truth according to him is that the players must be ready to attack and defend at the same time.

Garba noted that even as the defence should not be blamed for the failure of the Eagles to pick the maximum points against Burkina Faso, it is one department in the team that Keshi must strengthen.

According to him, the defence made mistakes which could have wrecked the team, if the Burkinables were a bit accurate and organized in front of goal.

He, therefore, called for more discipline in the team's defence as he noted that it is only team work that can keep the Eagles in the championship.

"In my candid opinion, the Eagles did not give their hundred percent. Most of the players played individually because they wanted to impress. That did not help the collective ambition of the team. They must learn how to play for one another.

"Most people are blaming the defence for the failure of the team to win against Burkina Faso but I want to look at it differently. A team's defence starts from the attack to the midfield. The attackers and midfielders must be mobile enough to support the defence at all times.

"I therefore want to call on Coach Keshi to do more on the defence and also he should encourage the players to play as a team", he opined.

Manu Garba who assisted late Yemi Tella when the Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U-17 Championship in South Korea in 2007 said against Zambia on Friday, it will be a ding dong affair because the Zambians would do everything to prove that they are the defending champions.

"Although the Chpolopolo of Zambia cannot beat the Eagles, I can say the match is not going to be an easy one. The Zambians would give everything in that match to atone for the draw against lowly rated Ethiopia", he said.

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