Coach Christian Chukwu has expressed joy that the junior national team, Flying Eagles started their Africa Youth Championship, AYC on a winning note.
Chukwu said it was a good sign and driving force for the team to do well in the championship but quickly warned the players not to allow the over host country Senegal to get into their heads.
“I’m happy that they won, even though I did not watch the game but the fact they won 3-1 against the host country is a positive sign for the team”, Chukwu, a former Super Eagles captain and later coach said.
“I do not have any doubt whatsoever about the quality and strength of the U-20 team but it is important to stress that the players should not allow the victory to get into their heads.
“They should not be over confident either. We all saw how the Golden Eaglets started their campaign on a 3-1 win over hosts Niger but along the line lost grip.
“So the coach (Manu Garba) should ensure the opening victory does not get into the players heads, they should play the remaining matches as if they have not even started the competition.
“This way, they can achieve their target of not only qualifying for the FIFA World Cup but also win the AYC Cup in Senegal”, the Enugu Rangers Technical Consultant who was also a former handler of Harambee Stars of Kenya said.