By Amaechi Agbo
Golden Eaglets coach Manu Garba is optimistic the UEFA/CAF Tourney in Turkey will sharpen his team up for the FIFA U-17 World Cup coming up in Brazil next month.
Garba spoke before his wards defeated host Turkey 2-0 in the opening match on Sunday
The Turkey Technical Centre in Istanbul witnessed some interesting football when Nigeria filed out against their counterparts from Turkey, host nation of the eight-nation UEFA/CAF U17 International Tournament.
Speaking after a technical meeting ahead of the match, Manu Garba, Head Coach of the team insisted that the tournament is a perfect opportunity to test the readiness of the players for the task ahead at the FIFA U17 World Cup starting next month in Brazil.
“I am very optimistic that the tournament will come good for the players to stand the test of time in Brazil.
“Playing Turkey will definitely be a strong test for the team.” Manu said.
Goals from Olakunle Olusegun in the 10th minute and Divine Nwachuku’s second half confirmed victory for the Golden Eaglets against the host nation.
The 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 18th edition of the FIFA U-17 contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, to be hosted in Brazil between 26 October and 17 November 2019.
Originally, it was determined that Peru would have hosted it between 5 and 27 October 2019, however, it was announced in February 2019 that they would no longer host the tournament, following inspection of the facilities and concern over organizational challenges.
A formal announcement on 15 March 2019 ratified the recommendation to move the tournament to Brazil.