–U-20 national team coach reflects on player’s absence
Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba has reflected on the absence of Kelechi Iheanacho in the squad he would be taking to Senegal for this year’s African Youth Championship, AYC.
Iheanacho, a former U-17 Golden Eaglets dazzler, was ruled out of the tournament by his English Premier League side, Manchester City, who claimed the Nigerian youngster was injured and needed time to recuperate.
But Manu who was Iheanacho’s coach at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE, emphasised that much as the team had been without Iheanacho during all its preparations so far, the player would have added value to the squad were he to be available.
“I don’t want to talk about Iheanacho. The team has been playing without him but certainly his presence would have added value to the squad at the African Youth Championship, AYC”, Manu who won the U-17 World Cup in 2013 said.
Flying Eagles will test the level of their preparation for the AYC with the coming Super Six tournament in Abuja and Garba plays up the importance of the Super Six tournament to his team.
“The Super Six tournament is welcome, it’s okay by us because it will help prepare our team for the AYC”, he said.
“The boys are responding well to our training programmes and are looking forward to the tournament. Right now, we’re working on their fitness level.”