U17 W/Cup: Full Round Of 16 Fixtures As Nigeria Face Netherlands
Nigeria won the U-17 World Cup in 2015. Image: Twitter/NFF

A former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke has called on the Golden Eaglets to be clinical in front of goal when they take on the Netherlands.

Concise News understands that Nigeria made it as the top team from Group B at the U-17 World Cup in Brazil despite losing 2-1 to Australia in their last match.

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They will take on the Netherlands in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, hoping to go a step closer to securing a record six World Cup crown at this level.

Speaking ahead of the knockout stages of the competition, Amuneke who led Nigeria to glory in 2015, commended the boys but admitted they must do better as the tournament progresses.

“All said and done, I’m so happy that the Golden Eaglets qualified for the Round of 16 after winning their first two matches,“ the former Barcelona star told NationSport.

“But it’s obvious that there are still defensive lapses in the team and I know the coaches will work on these lapses ahead of the knockout stages.

“Of course, it would be harder from the Round of 16 and the boys must be told in clear terms how important it is for them to put away chances that come their way.“

He added that  “It’s even going to be more difficult for the Eaglets because there won’t be margins for errors from the knockout stages.

“They must, therefore, take advantage of their chance. Other teams have now know the qualities and weaknesses of the Eaglets and they will be ready for them since they know the Eaglets are very strong on their good day.”