CHIEF coach of the national U-20 team, Emmanuel Amuneke has said the present team under his tutelage is working hard to break the jinx where every successful U-17 team that graduated to the Flying Eagles have not been able to replicate that feat.
Amuneke who spoke yesterday in Abuja shortly before leading his team to Burundi for the 2017 African Youth Cha Amuneke hails Eaglets mpionship (AYC) said the calibre of players in the team are capable of doing the country proud at the world stage when they get there.
The former Super Eagles winger while speaking on the game in Bujumbura this Saturday said the plan of his team is to secure victory over their hosts so as to make the return leg in Nigeria a mere formality.
He stated that all the 18 players he selected are fit for the cracker including the 2015 Golden Eaglets goal merchant, Victor Osimhen who was an initial doubt after a shoulder injury during a friendly match with the Dream Team V1 in Abuja last week. “We are going to Burundi with the aim of winning so that the return leg here will be a mere formality.
We have trained very well and ready to go but our long term aim is to end this seeming jinx where despite doing well in the U-17, we are yet to repeat that at the U-20 level. But I am optimistic that with the support of Nigerians we can achieve this goal.” Despite huge successes at the FIFA U-17 level with five titles, Nigeria is yet to win the FIFA U-20 championship as her best result was the second place finish at the Saudi ’89 tournament.