By Sab Osuji:
Nwankwo Kanu says the Golden Eaglets need to have self belief and remain focused in order to grind out a precious win against Chile on Tuesday and progress to the knockout stages of the ongoing 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The former Super Eagles captain who also won the U-17 World Cup in Japan in 1993, spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com on Monday from England, where he is currently holidaying with his family.
“The match against host country, Chile, will be tough. But I believe the Eaglets should remain focused and have self belief to win,” said Nwankwo Kanu, who is called Papilo by his admirers.
“They played well in the opening match which they won 2-0 against USA. They should build on that performance and spirit despite playing the host country who desperately need a win to remain in contention.
“I was impressed with the team’s performance in the first game. I’m also comfortable with the coaching credentials of Emmanuel Amuneke.
“So, all things being equal, victory is important for the team against Chile so that coach Amuneke can get the luxury of giving playing opportunity to some of the players in the last Group A match, while reserving key ones for the round of 16 games”, Papilo emphasized.