The only way the Golden Eaglets can make it to the 2019 U-17 African Cup of Nations is by staying focused, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said.
President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick noted this as Nigeria play in the race to make it to the finals of the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations.
Pinnick congratulated them “on a job well done so far; you have done very well including exhibiting the never-say-die spirit that is peculiar to Nigerians.
“This was visible in the manner you bounced back after the loss to the Burkinabes to dismiss the Ivorians 5-1, and also beat the host nation in the semifinals.
“But I want you to know that the job is not done yet. You must stay focused and listen to your coaches.
“I believe in their leadership because they are very knowledgeable and experienced and have discovered so many talented players that have excelled in recent years,” Pinnick said.
According to him “The youth tournaments are basically developmental, so you have to follow instructions from your coaches and don’t allow agents to deceive you and make you sign for clubs in obscure countries.
“Players like Nwankwo Kanu and Mikel John Obi, just to mention two, started properly and so were properly developed to stay longer in the game.”
Nigeria will take on Ghana in the final of the WAFU U-17 final.