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U-17 AFCON Qualifier: Burkina Faso Shock Golden Eaglets In Group B Opener

U-17 AFCON Qualifier: Burkina Faso Shock Golden Eaglets In Group B Opener

By Adeboye Amosu:

The Golden Eaglets fell to a 3-2 defeat against Burkina Faso in their first Group B game at the zonal U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Niger on Monday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

The Eaglets dominated possession in the game but were let down by their poor defending.

Olusegun Olakunle scored both goals for Manu Garba’s charges who came back from two goals down to levelled scores at 2-2 in the first half.

Burkina Faso netted the winning goal 12 minutes from time from a solo effort by their top striker.

The Eaglets will play their next game on Thursday against Cote d’Ivoire.

Only the overall winners of the zonal qualifiers will advance to the tournament proper in Tanzania next year.

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  • NIGERIA U-17 AFCON. the game was not easy for them but true to God the really try well well, i pray that our next match will not be like yesterday, our next match is winning winning by the grace of God..

  • But why is Manu Garba’s always coach of the U-17? After he won the cadet world cup with the set of Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi and Isaac Success in 2013, isn’t he supposed better his knowledge and tactics by coaching some NPL clubs?

    Even his assistant in 2013, Emmanuel Amunike went on to win the same FIFA U-17 world cup in the next edition 2015 and is today the senior national football team coach of Tanzania. The same Manu Garba failed to qualify the U-17 for the world cup in 2017 and they still saddled him with the same role? Probably he’s still applying his 2013 knowledge, which has expired to be able to get him a win again even at the African level.

    Never heard him coaching an NPL club, that could have helped to expand/upgrade his knowledge and tactics. Amunike coached outside Nigeria and was on the exclusive FIFA technical group at Russia 2018.

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      You see….that is where we keep missing the point. U17 football is not about winning, its about unearthing talents and building a foundation of a future national team. Its not about tactics, its about raw skills and inate abilities that will be a potential for future stardom. That is where Manu garba has stood out. He’s done wonderfully well in unearthing talents that are beginning to take over the mantle in the senior national team within 5 years. He’s been doing his stuff in the league too. He’s been coach of Gombe United and Wikki. That he didnt qualify for the last world cup wasnt his fault. virtually all other national teams were neglected by the nff to focus on the SE. Even amunike too didnt qualify for the U20 afcon remember. A certain Jose pekerman was coach of argentina U20 for 9 straight years. oscar tabarez, current coach of uruguay for the past 8 years was coach of the u17s for 13 straight years. the U17 coach of mexico has been there since 2009. Some coaches are just best suited for youth level coaching rather than senior level coaching

  • No Dr Drey I think you are the one missing the point. U-17 football is as much winning as it is to unearth talents.
    The problem arises when too much emphasis is placed on winning above all else.
    For a country like Nigeria that has experienced unrivaled success in this area to suddenly stop winning should lead to questions to be asked.
    My brother, you missed the point badly when you say it is not about tactics as tactical discipline, more than anything else, handed Nigeria 2 recent trophies and also largely led to England lifting the trophy recently.
    In fact, the earlier you teach youngsters tactical discipline the better as it would help them have quicker breakthrough in professional football.
    You also miss the point when you say that failure to qualify for last U-17 wasn’t Manu’s fault.
    It is true other external factors did not help his cause but to totally absolve him of any blame is just stupid.
    You can spend from now until eternity brandishing data of coaches who have chosen to limit their scope, development or horizon by narrowly staying in youth football.
    For all the success they have had, many still find them to be lazy, narrow minded and shallow in the pursuit of their coaching career.
    What is wrong in challenging yourself?
    Kudos to Amuneke who is a role model beyond the sphare of football. He shows that with determination and willingness to broaden your horizon, you can move mountains and achieve even the seemingly impossible.

  • I wonder why some people can’t comment in civil language without resorting to swearing and attacking others? The language of sports should be moving, precise and action oriented. I’m happy to acknowledge that the powerful reportage of sports journalists helped polish my school certificate English in Nigeria several years ago. It’s just appalling what you get these days. Fans throw all ethics to the dogs and attack each others endlessly.
    But I do know that the human spirit is pliable: people can change for the better. Just a little effort, and you’ll come out smelling like roses. We can make this a friendly forum devoid of rancor … and disagree constructively.

    • Tell that to Dr Drey whose lifetime mission on this platform is to ridicule and insult the views of those to which he objects. Something he does constantly.
      I will meet fire with fire any other day and will not take nonsense from those who are deluded from their miopic sense of personal worth.
      It is wise sometimes for people to keep their views to themselves rather than contributing blindly to matters which they don’t have the full picture to start with.
      Wisdom is just about expressing ones opinion but actually knowing when to express that opinion so as not to climb a ladder on the wrong wall.

      • Wisdom is not just about expressing ones opinion but actually knowing when to express that opinion so as not to climb a ladder on the wrong wall.