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2023 U-17 AFCON: Ugbade Wants Eaglets Firing All Cylinders Against South Africa

2023 U-17 AFCON: Ugbade Wants  Eaglets Firing  All Cylinders Against South Africa

Nigeria’s head coach Nduka Ugbade wants his side firing from all cylinders when they take on South Africa in a crucial Group B fixture at the 2023 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Constantine on Saturday night.

Nigeria need to avoid defeat against the South Africans to affirm their second place in the group, but Ugbade does not want his side taking chances and has affirmed they will be going for a win.

Looking back at their defeat at the hands of Morocco, Ugbade says they have worked to sharpen their forward line to ensure they convert the chances that come their way.

“We have put the defeat against Morocco behind our backs and we are fully focused on getting a good result against South Africa. We didn’t deserve to lose against Morocco because we dominated the game but couldn’t convert our chances,” said the coach during Friday’s pre-match press conference.

He adds; “We want to be more effective, more prolific infront of goal. It is a bit confusing because when we were in Nigeria preparing, we were scoring so many goals but when we came here we are not doing that. Sometimes with these young ones it is about psychology and we have addressed that.”

Forward Charles Agada who came on as a substitute against Morocco says the players have sharpened their scoring boots over the last two days in training.

“We want to convert the chances that come up for us because against Morocco we didn’t do that well. As a team and as players we are ready for the task,” he added.

Ugbade meanwhile admits it will be a tactical battle of wits against the South Africans, but remains confident they can do just enough to get over the line.

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  • Ako Amadi 1 year ago

    Diopka! If the Golden Eaglets cannot beat South Africa, just bring the boys home and tender your resignation as coach. Footbal is not a matter of life and death. No need to fire from all cylinders

    • African Alutta 1 year ago

      why should he resign? when Sanusi is still SE Head coach? has Mamud Yakubu resigned?
      learn to defend your own

  • onwajunior 1 year ago

    It’ll be funny if this guys comes home empty handed. He’ll finally shut up

  • Bobo Colorado Springs 1 year ago

    Nigeria already qualified for the next round.

  • Doffi Atoshi 1 year ago

    Many headless mobs on call.

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