BREAKING: NFF Appoints New Coach for Golden Eaglets

BREAKING: NFF Appoints New Coach for Golden Eaglets

  • The Golden Eaglets on Friday, April 12, got a new coach, Manu Garba who led his team to win the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup
  • Part of Garba's immediate work is to prepare the team for the WAFU B U17 Championship, which is to be hosted in Ghana
  • Garba had coach Nigerian top footballer like Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former U17 World Cup winner, Manu Garba, as the head coach of the Golden Eaglets.

Garba's appointment was shared via X (formerly Twitter) by an accredited FIFA and CAF photo-journalist, Adepoju Tobi Samuel, on Friday, April 12.

During the 2013 edition of FIFA U17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates, Garba led the Golden Eaglets to win the trophy for ; it was Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

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Manu Garba returns
Coach Garba already has his work cut out for him (Photo: @OgaNlaMedia/X)
Source: Twitter

Among those who made Garba's dream team at the time were Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and Dele Alampasu.

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The same team which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0.

In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

Garba will, with immediate effect, take charge of the team’s preparations for the WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana.

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There are issues: Sports analyst speaks with on Garba

A sports analyst, Asuquo Oduo, who spoke with on Saturday, April 13, seems to have some misgivings with what he called "...recycling of people over and over."

Oduo noted:

"Yes, he's been successful in the past, winning the U17 World Cup. He also discovered some good players like Iheanacho, Issac Success and Awoniyi for the national team.
"However, my concern is why we keep recycling the same people over and over. Also, this appointment comes just a month before WAFU B U17 tournament. These are the issues."

Michelle Alozie Opens Up on Her Call Up to the National Team

Meanwhile, a Nigerian footballer, Michelle Alozie, had narrated her experience of being called up to the Nigerian national team.

In a video, she revealed that a match was scheduled to take place in the U.S., but visa complications arose for some of the initially chosen squad members.

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How Michelle Alozie joined Super Falcons

Consequently, Alozie was approached to join the team for the match, leading to her becoming a consistent member of the Nigerian Super Falcons as shared on @womensgamemib.


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