- Manu Garba has not been sacked as Golden Eaglets boss according to NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi
- Sanusi debunked the reports suggesting the coach has been relieved of his duties
- Garba failed to guide Golden Eaglets beyond round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil
Nigeria Football Federation general secretary Mohammed Sanusi has faulted media reports claiming the football body has sacked Golden Eagles coach Manu Garba.
The 53-year-old was said to have been relieved of his duties by the NFF having failed to help Golden Eaglets avoid crashing out of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil at the round of 16 stage.
Nigeria's U17 national team lost 3-1 to Netherlands in their first knockout stage at the football events after missing out of the 2017 edition.
The five time world champions got their campaign off to a bright start - beating Hungary and Ecuador in their first two encounters.
But lost their third group game before being bundled out of the championship at the round of 16 stage earlier this week.
NFF second vice president Shehu Dikko had been quoted to have granted an interview, revealing that the manager no longer has a job with the team after failing to replicate his 2013 feat.
Sanusi said upon hearing the news about Garba that: "It is not true that the NFF has sacked Manu Garba as coach of the national Under-17 team.
"We cannot sack someone without getting his match reports and his reasons why the team failed in Brazil.
"It came to me as a surprise when I read in the media that we have sacked Manu Garba as coach of Golden Eaglets.
"We cannot sack him just like that without getting his side of the story. As you can see, the team has yet to return, so I don’t know where they got that story from.
"We expected so much from the team because we gave them the needed support to achieve good results, but they crashed out in the second round to Holland.
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"We [the NFF] shall hear from the coach when he submits his technical report. From there, we move on by trying to avoid future lapses if any.”
Nigerians have been condemning the performance Of The Golden Eaglets and putting the blame on the team’s coaching staff whom they accused of not selecting the best players for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Legit.ng earlier reported that 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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