Nigeria U-17 Coach reveals weakness in Golden Eaglets ahead of World Cup

Manu Garba, Coach of the Golden Eaglets has revealed two weaknesses in his side despite a comprehensive 4-2 victory over South Korea in a recent friendly.

The Nigeria U-17 team conceded 13 goals during the zonal qualifiers and U-17 AFCON as they showed defensive naivety. Also, they struggle dealing with corner kicks.

”The most important thing is the chances we created but still even with the win we still have areas to address especially our defensive coverage and try to solve problems of corner kicks too.

“If you notice we conceded one of the goals from a corner kick, one from a penalty kick. Most importantly, the win will go a long way to motivate the team before the World Cup proper.

On the 4-2 win against South Korea U-17, he said: “It is a good omen, good omen in the sense that we lost the first match against Sao Paulo 2-1,” Manu Garba said.

“We were able to travel two and a half hours to play a match, without stress we were able to win 4-2 against South Korea. It is not the winning that matters but the way we came back into the game because we were 2-1 down. We came from behind, leveled up and we scored two other quick goals.”

He added: “All things being equal, if the distance from our place from where the Japanese stay is not more than an hour and half we can go and play but if the distance is too much I think this should be the last match.

“If the distance is not too far we will play our last match against Japan on the 20th of this month.”

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