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Why Nigeria U17 team failed in Brazil - Coach Garba

16th Dec, 2019 | By Gyang Dakwo | ||

Coach of the Nigeria U17 team that failed to go past the first knockout round of the recently concluded 2019 U17 World Cup in Brazil has for the first time explained why his team failed to match expectations at the tournament. A report in Nigeria's leading online football site, owngoalnigeria.com, disclosed this last week.

According to the report, Manu Garba, whose contract has expired with the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) and who won the 2013 U-17 World Youth Championship for Nigeria as well as the WAFU B U17 tournament, saw his boys finish fourth at the Africa U17 Cup of Nations. At the World Youth Championship in Brazi, they qualified for the knockout phase but lost to the Netherlands to crash out, against the expectations of many due to their pedigree at the tournament which Nigeria's Golden Eaglets had won five times in the past.

Explaining the failure, Garba said it had to do with a lot of issues concerning his team and manifested at the tournament as they struggled to find their rhythm as a team despite their individual talent. " First of all I will like to render apologies to the people we disappointed but at the same time I want them to know that this tournament is a developmental phase in the career of players. So the gains will be seen in the future ", he told owngoalnigeria.com.

" Secondly it's not the team we intended to present at the tournament but circumstances beyond our control caused it. For instance, our first choice goalkeeper and central defender missed out for various reasons. " The first choice striker of the team was also not fully fit and our main central midfielder was also missing due to injury. So we had to patch up certain areas with other options behind our regulars. It wasn't my team", the coach explained.

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