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Iheanacho, Success To Start From Bench

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 12:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuike Chukwu, Lagos


Europe-based strikers, Isaac Success, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon, are most likely to start the FIFA U-20 World Cup from the bench, as coach Manu Garba plans to integrate them gradually into his team in New Zealand.

Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho

The Europe-based stars did not turn up at the team’s training camp in Nurnberg, Germany, and would instead head directly to New Zealand for the tournament.

But the coach has said that he does not plan to rush them into his first team from the start of the World Cup.

“We are not saying these players will come in automatically to the first team, they will be coming in gradually for them to find a synergy with the other players,” he revealed.

“They will not get into the team in the very first match, they will sit on the bench and observe and whenever we need them, they will come on to do the damage.”

He further said that these players would have no problem blending with the rest of the team at the World Cup.

“I don’t have any fear (about blending) because these players have been with us,” he said.

Meanwhile, with only eleven days left before the Flying Eagles opening fixture against Brazil at, FC Porto U-19 forward, Chidera Ezeh, is brimming with confidence.

Five-time champions at the U-20 level, Brazil, has included some marquee names on its roster, including Fluminense, striker Kenedy, who is attracting genuine interest from Chelsea ahead of the reopening of the transfer window, and Real Madrid’s Jean Carlos.

Those Brazilian names might ring a bell globally, but Chidera Ezeh says he’s not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the attackers and has pointed out that Nigeria had prepared adequately for the tournament.