By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Heartland FC of Owerri coach Ben Duamlong has urged the Nigerian U-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets to work towards achieving the feat of their predecessors.
Emmanuel Amunike was one of the assitants to Manu Garba when the cadets won the FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE last year, but is now in charge of the present team who will play against Congo in the CAF U17 African Youth Championship qualifier on Sunday in Kinshasa.
Nigeria are able to play once again in the qualifiers following the lifting of the FIFA suspension on Nigeria from international football last weekend.
Duamlong spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com on the team’s road to the 2015 Africa
U-17 Youth Championship to be held in Niger Republic.
“The U-17 level have seen us produce quality players and I hope they will keep that impressive record at the U17 competitions going.
“They should go out there bearing in mind that they are representing their fatherland. They should concentrate 100% on the task ahead and give their very best!
“Thank God for the latest development in the running of the game. It would have been bad for the development of these players if Nigeria had suffered from the ban.
Duamlong who is without a team at the moment but had coached Plateau United, Mighty Jets and Kaduna United hails the work ethics of former Super Eagles star, Emmanuel Amunike and believes he will replicate the same standards like the 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2013 Golden Eaglets squads.
“Yes of course Emmanuel Amunike knows the game. He was a world class winger and is now making an excellent coach. Surely having worked with a couple of coaches at the U-17 level, it is my belief that he will achieve same objectives as the other coaches,” Duamlong told Completesportsnigeria.com.