By Sab Osuji:
Nigeria coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has sounded optimistic he will raise a strong Golden Eaglets squad that will defend the FIFA U-17 World Cup won two years ago in the United Arab Emirates when the 2015 edition gets underway in Chile, South America in October.
The former FC Barcelona winger stresses that in a bid to achieve success at the championship, he is presently engaged in screening of young talents from where he hopes to pick some players to bolster his squad that finished fourth at the CAF U17 Championship in Niamey, Niger Republic last February.
The 1994 Nations Cup winner with the Super Eagles reiterates that with hard work and commitment, success will be achieved.
“We’re taking a look at the players: invited and uninvited. The purpose is to see if we can get some who has some positives to bring to the team we already have on the ground,” Amuneke tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
“The idea is to ensure we present a strong team at the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup coming up in October this year.
“It has not been easy, especially with the number of players turning up. It’s okay, it’s important to have plenty of options to select even though it is a tough task, but we’re coping.”
With the championship billed to get underway in October, the former Julius Berger gaffer says the team is still on track.
“Three months I believe is still enough time for us to get prepared. Camping, yes, that I know we will do. Of course, the MRI test will also be conducted at the right time.
“We’re still on course, I believe. What we’re doing is to get the players first, then other aspects of preparation will follow,” Amuneke emphasizes.