Former Super Eagles defender and coach, Austin Eguavoen believes that the current Flying Eagles players who won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE whilst as players of the cadet team represent the future of the Nigerian national team.
Eguavoen, while commenting on the prospect of Nigeria reaching the business end of the World Cup in future Mundial after their Round of 16 exit in Brazil 2014 pointed to the young Dutch national team as an example of a youthful side who could become one of the teams to beat when Russia hosts the World Cup in four years time.
“Nigeria won the FIFA U-17 World Cup. That team is the future of Nigerian football.
“They were a fantastic side and like the Dutch national team at this World Cup, have players who came through the ranks before playing for the senior team.
“I expect to see that team make the progression to the senior national side in a few years time. That is the way to grow,” Cerezo stated.
Eguavoen’s view was supported by his Suer Eagles’ teammate; Mutiu Adepoju.
“Yes, the team did very well. Now they have graduated to the new Flying Eagles.
“I hope they continue to do well as individual players. The Dutch team have a young squad.
They’ve played extremely well at this World Cup. That (Dutch performance) is an example that a young talented side can do very well amongst the best,” Adepoju said.
The current Flying Eagles team comprise mostly of the 2013 Golden Eaglets side but are gunning for a ticket to next year’s African U-20 Youth Championship.