Nigeria U17s handler, Manu Garba, has exclusively told Completesports.com he’s not pleased with the porosity of his team’s defence at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, and is looking to fix it.
The five-time World Champions, the Golden Eaglets, have conceded four goals in two Group B games, which has raised concerns amongst many Nigeria fans.
In the opening fixture against Hungary on Saturday, the Manu Garba’s charges came from 2-1 down to eventually triumph 4-2.
While the tension-soaked experience of watching that performance was yet to evaporate from the psyche of the Nigeria fans, the Eaglets again conceded two against Ecuador in their second Group B clash two days after and fought back to win it 3-2.
Completesports.com spoke with coach Manu Garba, on Wednesday, on the five-time champions’ lack of defensive solidity so far in their Brazil 2019 campaign.
Garba admitted that indeed he was not pleased that his charges did not defend well as in the two matches played so far.
“I am not happy with the errors in the (team’s) defence,” Manu told Completesports.com.
“And I hope to make the defence more formidable in the next game against Australia.”
The Gold Eaglets will take on Australia in a dead rubber third Group B match of Friday, November 2019 at the Estadio Bezerrao, Brasilia. The kickoff is 9pm, Nigerian time.
Hungary and Ecuador will also clash at the same time, at the Estadio Olimpico Goiania.
Nigeria top the Group B on six points from two games. The Manu Garba’s team has already claimed a Round of 16 Spot, with a game in hand.
Ecuador are in second position on three points and need an outright win to advance as the second-placed team.
For Ecuador, Australia and Hungary, there is also an opportunity to qualify for the Second Round as one of the four best third-placed teams across the six groups.
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