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Coach Manu Garba and one of his players. Source: FIFA

Golden Eaglets coach Manu Garba has said Nigeria is at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil to win it, Concise News reports.

Concise News understands that the Nigerian side have won the competition for a record five times and will battle it out in Group B with Hungary, Ecuador and Australia in Brazil.

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The West African side who won it in 2013 and 2015, start their quest in the age-grade championship on October 26th against Hungary.

Speaking ahead of the competition which begins, Saturday, Garba said his boys are ready for the cadet tournament.

“Everyone should get ready to see a fantastic Nigerian team that play great football and have the trophy in their sights,” Garba told FIFA.com.

“Ecuador, Hungary and Australia are undoubtedly strong teams that we respect, but we are record-breaking world champions and I was involved in two of our title wins.”

Winning DNA

He added that “The will to win every game is part of the DNA of every Nigerian team, and my team here in Brazil is no exception.”

Also speaking, the captain of the side Samson Tijani noted that the team is not under pressure to match the past successes of the Nigerian side.

“Our country’s previous success does not place any pressure on our shoulders at all,” Tijani said.

“But the world is naturally expecting a great deal from us, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to follow in the footsteps of our predecessors.

“Our coaches have so much experience – not just Garba, but also his assistant Nduka Ugbade, who led Nigeria to the title for the first time as captain in 1985.

“They know exactly what we need to do to finish the tournament as champions.”