–Ahead. African U17 tournament
With the 2015 CAF U-17 championship just around the corner, Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has warned his players they must remain focused if they are to win the competition.
The Eaglets arrived Sokoto on Friday afternoon, where they will camp before leaving for Niger, where the cadet tournament is holding.
And Amuneke, a member of the coaching staff of the U-17 team that placed second in 2013, says if they are to meet their target of winning the competition, his players must have all their focus on the tournament.
“It is easy to say you want to win the competition but the effort you put in matters a lot and as a result, I have told my players that they must focus on the tournament and nothing else” he begins.
“This is the most important task for us now and thinking about something else will be a distraction for us. We want to do better than we did the last time and the players understand the only way of doing that is to remain focused on the task at hand.”
But despite his dedication to winning the championship, Amuneke further reiterated that he must also develop players who are good enough to represent the Super Eagles in the nearest future.
“We must also understand that we have to build a team that can withstand the pressures of the game after the U-17’s. This is not the end of football, but rather, it is the start and we are building these players so they can play for the Super Eagles in the future, concludes Amuneke.”