Coach of Nigeria’s Under-17 team, Emmanuel Amunike is a happy man after his wards defeated hosts Niger 2-0 on Sunday in the opening game of the 11th CAF Africa Junior Championship in Niamey, Niger Republic.
Two goals in the first half by Victor Osimhen and skipper Kelechi Nwakali gave the Eaglets a first win in the competition and this pleased the former Zamalek Football Club player.
“The most important thing in football today is to win. It was important for us to win our first game. We took our chances and defended well,”Amunike told CAF’s official website (Cafonline.com)
“Now we have to see how we can grow from strength to strength. Credit to Niger because they are a good side and I’ll urge them to keep working hard.”he added.
Guinea defeated Zambia 1-0 in the clash between the other to teams in Group A to go second behind Nigeria.
Amunike who was impressed with what he saw thanked he organisers for making sure that legitimate youngsters were on display in Niamey.
“I would also like to commend CAF and FIFA for the MRI scans for these age group tournaments because this is hugely advancing African football,”Amunike enthused.
“It’s quite exciting to see the future players of African football doing very well at this stage.
Goalkeepers’ coach Emeka Amadi added his voice and said “The most important thing in football is to win.
It was important for us to win our first game. We took our chances and defended well. Now we have to see how we can grow from strength to strength. Credit to Niger because they are a good side,” the former Flying Eagles goalkeeper said.