Only the best legs will be selected into U17 squad – coach

The defending champions, the Nigerian Olympic Eagles, ended their campaign at the 2019 U23 African Cup of Nations on a severe note following a 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast at Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, El Saturday night.

The head coach of the U-17 national team, Fatai Amoo, is confident of building a very strong team for the country before the next international outing.

Amoo was appointed by the Nigerian Soccer Federation as Manu Garba’s successor and was poised to build a team that would stand out and represent the country’s pedigree at the international soccer level.

The former Nigerian midfielder has been working and overseeing an open projection exercise on the FIFA Goal Project field within the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, to achieve these goals.

“We are taking our time to select the best legs in that category for the country. All players have to do is come and prove themselves, regardless of who they are, who sent them, or where they came from.

“We try to be as objective as possible in our selection. Nigeria is the leading country in the U-17 category, having won the FIFA U-17 World Cup five times. We are working very hard not to fall below that standard or to make room for excuses. “

Amoo will help Nigeria qualify for the 14th edition of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations to be billed to Morocco in 2021.

The competition is also a direct qualification for the final phase of the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru and the top four teams are guaranteed a place in the tournament.

Nigeria is the most successful team in U17 World Cup history, winning tournaments a record five times.

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