Thursday, April 24, 2014

Manu to pick 18 Eaglets against Guinea

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Flying Eagles Coach, Garba Manu

The Coach expressed confidence in the team to qualify ahead of Guinea.

 

The Golden Eaglets Head coach, Manu Garba, has said that 18 of the 30 players in camp will head to Guinea for Saturday’s qualifying match against the Junior Syli Stars of Guinea.

The coach, who disclosed this on Monday in Calabar, after the team’s evening training session, said there was no injury worry in the camp.

The team is preparing for the crucial second leg of the qualifier for U-17 African Championship. The Eaglets defeated Guinea 3-0 in Calabar, in the first leg. The team is camped in Calabar ahead of the championship billed for Morocco.

Garba said he hoped that his boys would scale the Guinean hurdle in the second leg in Conakry.

“Our training has been going on well and we are happy with the condition of the players.

“The players have coped very well in spite of the tough schedule they have been going through,” he said.

Commenting on the scoring chances lost by the team in the first leg encounter, Coach Nduka Ugbade described the players as a bunch of warriors that would do well in Conakry

“We created about 12 scoring chances in the first leg but we were able to score just three goals,” said the former captain of the Golden Eaglets.

“The Eaglets have scored a total of 13 goals in three qualifying matches and conceded a goal through penalty in the 4-1 win against Niger Republic in Niamey,’’ he said.

Ugbade said that having scored 76 goals so far from 17 matches he was confident that the team would make things difficult for the Guineans.

“We are hopeful and our confidence is based on the fact that we can create chances and the more this is done the better for us.

“I am sure we should be able to score in Guinea and that will compound their problems based on the away goals rule,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the team’s doctor, Dr Ayodeji Olarinoye, has confirmed there are no injuries in the camp, adding that all the players are in good health jostling to be part of the contingent to Conakry.

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