Manu Garba: NFF sack Golden Eaglets coach after crashing out of U17 World Cup

Manu Garba: NFF sack Golden Eaglets coach after crashing out of U17 World Cup

- Manu Garba has been shown the exit doors by the NFF after FIFA U17 World Cup ouster

- The Golden Eaglets were dumped out of the championship by Netherlands in the round of 16

- Shehu Dikko speaking on behalf of the FA said the coach failed to meet the target set for him at the tourney

Golden Eaglets head coach Manu Garba has been fired barely 24 hours after his team crashed out of the FIFA U17 World Cup currently staging in Brazil.

The five time world champions suffered 3-1 defeat to Netherlands U17 at the round of 16 stage on Wednesday morning.

Garba's men reached the knockout stage having won their first two group matches, while the third ended in defeat for the west African team.

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Sontje Hansen was responsible for all the goals that dumped Nigeria out of the competition while Olakunle Olusegun's loan goal ended up a consolation.

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Meanwhile, the NFF 2nd vice president Shehu Dikko said the team failed to reach the quarter finals target set for them ahead of the tourney.

"Usually you go to tournaments with target and the one we gave the technical crew is to at least reach the quarter final of the tournament, which is fair enough considering the way they prepared for the tournament. In the history of Nigeria U17 no team has enjoyed this type of preparations", Dikko said.

"For failing to reach the target given to them their position will be reviewed immediately and it starts from asking them to submit their technical report and step down from their role for us to review and get back to them".

Dikko added that the gaffer only signed a two year contract, hence, the FA will not be needing his services at the expiration of his deal.

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"They signed a two year deal which terminates at the end of this tournament. So in few weeks time it will be up. It's imperative we start building early for the next assignment".

The League Management Company chairman also revealed that the NFF will decide how well to restructure the national U17 team in the next few months.

He added that this will help them begin preparations early for the next edition of the world championship in 2021.

"No need to be in a hurry. We have come to the end of a cycle by the ouster of this team. So another phase will begin in earnest.

"Decisions will not be rushed but it will be made in due time to give whoever gets the nod enough time to plan and build something better than the team that crashed out of the 2019 Under-17 World Cup".

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"I also think it will be nice for our teams both in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and Nigeria National League (NNL) to have youth teams it helps for easy scouting of players instead of the case where we have over 80,000 players coming for trials. The clubs need to do better in that regards".

Dikko further stated that: "Our partnership with the Laliga helped discovered players for this team just like the Zenith Bank U-15 tournament.

"We will look at how best to use it to help out in the rebuilding process of our U-17 which is the first step in having a good senior national team. The discovery starts from there".

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