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Published On: Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014

We’re looking beyond Under-17 Cup-Amuneke

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Golden Eaglets head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has declared that his “sole objective” is to see his boys qualify for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup.

The Nigerian under-17s were drawn in Group A of the 2015 African Under-17 Championship alongside hosts Niger Republic, Guinea and Zambia and Amuneke believes “it is a fair grouping”.

Amuneke said securing the Under-17 World Cup finals will come first before the talk of going for the African title can surface.

“I think it is a fair grouping not minding the fact that we are going to face the host country, Niger. We are not going to underrate any of the teams and as I said before the draw, our sole objective in Niger is to qualify for the World Cup and after that; we can begin to talk about other things.

“We are aware of the task ahead of us and what happened between the Golden Eaglets and Niger the last time is immaterial now,” noted Amuneke. “Our boys have to go out there and show that this set of Golden Eaglets is good in their own right and we must first secure a ticket to the World Cup,” said Amuneke after learning of Sunday’s draw.

Amuneke, however, acknowledged the strengths of Guinea and Zambia. He believes they will be strong opposition for his team.

“Both Zambia and Guinea showed they are a strong side during the qualifiers; so we are going to take all our matches seriously.”

The Golden Eaglets will kick off their campaign against hosts Niger Republic at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey on February 15.

The semifinalists from the African Under-17 Championship will qualify for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile billed to be held between October 17 and November 8, 2015.

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