–Ahead FIFA U17 World Cup
The bulk of the present Golden Eaglets team that qualified Nigeria to the Chile 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup, may miss out on making the World Cup, sl10.ng have gathered.
Nigeria lost 0-1 to the Amajimbos of South Africa in the semifinal, meaning they will not be making it a third win at the CAF U17 championship. And even though the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that the team’s coaches will remain, it seems a large chunk of the players won’t.
Sources at the Glass House have informed sl10.ng that the technical department/committee of the NFF have recommended for ‘new and better’ players to be scouted before the World Cup.
The Nigerian U-17’s have shown glimpses of brilliance, but looks a bit short of the quality of the class of 2013, which the NFF, it is understood, wants to use as a benchmark.
And as a result, they may instruct the coaches to conduct a ‘mini-screening’ exercise before the World Cup in Chile.
“The NFF are okay with the fact that the team qualified for the World Cup, which we feel is more important, but there are concerns that the best players may not have been chosen for the tournament,” a source at the Glass House squealed.
“The coaches will remain for sure, but we want them to scout for new and better players before the World Cup. We would encourage them to conduct a mini-screening exercise so better players can be chosen.
“Everybody appreciates what the last U17 did and that is the benchmark we want to set for ourselves,” the highly placed source informed.