By Rchard Jideaka:
National U-17 team coach Emmanuel Amuneke has cried out that he does not have a team yet for the FIFA U-17 World Cup billed to hold in Chile later in the year.
The former Super Eagles striker who took the team to the African Cadet Championship held in Niger early in the year but could not win the tournament spoke after his team defeated Rapture Academy 3-2 in a build up game at the weekend.
“I don’t have a team for now. I am just being honest with you. Let us not try to create or hype things that are not real. You guys (Abuja based sports journalists) came here today and you are expecting miracle. We have been here for the past two weeks now and I don’t even think any of you have picked interest to come and see what we are doing,” begins the Golden Eaglets coach.
“So let us be realistic as regards what we are doing. You guys know me. I don’t need to tell you who I am. I believe in my principles. I believe in what I am doing regardless of whatever anybody think about me.
"But I believe that everything in life has its procedure and that is the procedure we are following now.
“Are we the best people on earth? No. But can we work hard to improve ourselves? Yes of course. So we are not here to convince anybody, we are not here to convince any tribe or individual. We are here to serve Nigerians with the best of our abilities. That is what we offer to Nigeria with all fairness.
“I will also tell you that there is no pressure from any quarter as regards this job. Let me be honest with you. I have played this game to the highest level. As a coach I have been privileged also to coach to the highest level. So everything you do in life there will always be process to it and that is the process I am following.