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Ugbade: We ‘re Working Hard To Build A Strong Eaglets Team

Ugbade: We ‘re Working Hard To Build A Strong Eaglets Team

Head Coach Nduka Ugbade says the Nigeria U17 technical team of which he is the head is working quietly but diligently and assiduously to raise a squad capable of doing Nigeria proud at the Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Algeria.

Ugbade, who has assisted a couple of coaches to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria, is in charge this time and has shepherded his wards to the African finals after winning the WAFU B Championship in Ghana last summer.

The Africa U17 Cup of Nations will take place 29th April – 19th May in Algeria, with five-time world champions Nigeria drawn alongside Morocco, South Africa and Zambia in a potentially-explosive Group B, with venue in Constantine

“We know that some work still has to be done within the next few weeks to put the team in great form. I am happy with the level of work we have done and the kind of playing personnel at our disposal.

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“I believe everything will come together beautifully and we will have a team that will do the country proud at the tournament,” said Ugbade, who captained Nigeria’s U16 squad to win the inaugural FIFA tourney in China 38 years ago.

A fortnight ago, the Golden Eaglets returned to camp in Abuja for the final phase of their preparations for the U17 AFCON, and three days ago, hammered Mahanaim FC 4-2 in a friendly match at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project within the Moshood Abiola National Stadium complex.

Mahanaim stunned the Eaglets with a goal against the run of play, but the Nigerian cadets responded quickly with a well-taken free-kick to end the first half 1-1. In the second half, the Eaglets dominated with three more goals while Mahanaim was only able to score once.

The Eaglets will have a final camping programme in Europe before flying to Algeria for the continental finals, where the four top-placed teams will qualify to represent Africa at this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru.

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  • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

    A lot is expected of this team and I’m confident of their Victory. This was the only honest appointment by NFF of all the national team Coaches.

  • Coache 1 year ago

    Follow who know road. We are following you Ugbade the tactician. Best wushes. The Zambians, Moroccans will not be easy but surmountable.

  • Oakfield 1 year ago

    The only team and coach that i have confidence in. From the review above, it shows the team is being built to be technically strong. Time will tell.

  • Eddy 1 year ago

    I trust the coach. I had the privilege of speaking with one of the players and from what i heard Nduka Ugbade is a gem for Nigeria. I pray soon Siasia and Amunike will be given super eagles and Enyeama as keeper trainer

  • I concur my brother

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