By Sab Osuji:
Head Coach of the Nigeria U-17 team, Emmanuel Amuneke, has posited that his trust in God will see the squad through in their FIFA U-17 World Cup title defense assignment in Chile.
The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup Championship gets underway in Chile on October 17 with the defending champions, Nigeria, slated to open their campaign against USA.
Amuneke told Completesportsnigeria.com from the Golden Eaglets' training camp in Argentina that the team will work hark hard enough while leaving the rest for God.
“Our destiny is firmly rooted in God’s hands. As human beings, we’ll do our best, which we’re doing now by way of preparation.
“The players are responding, they are focused, the same as the coaches, even the (Nigeria Football) Federation.
“All the rest belong to God, we hope that God will see our efforts through because as human beings, ours is to do our best in training, focus, determination and commitment.
“These are young players we want to develop and shape their future. They have given a lot since we started this project and it is my belief that God will see them through,” Amuneke said.
The former FC Barcelona of Spain winger gave an insight into the team’s opening game on Saturday against United States of America, positing that starting on a winning note is key to qualification from the group.
“Every team that qualified for the Chile championship are potential champions, which means they are there on merit.
“In other words, they are champions on their own merit, meaning that we must beat the champion to become champions.
“Agreed, we are the defending champions, this goes with a lot of responsibilities. We’re the target of other teams.
“I’m happy the boys are aware of this. They have responded well so far given their performances in the friendly match against Argentina.
“If they improve on that in the competition proper, starting from the game with USA, that will be a good start for us”, the one-time Julius Berger star stressed.