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U-17 World Cup: Brazil Demolition, A Boost For Eaglets – Amuneke

Posted: Nov 3, 2015 at 8:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Head Coach of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, Emmanuel Amuneke has said the team’s victory over A Selecao of Brazil in the quarter-final of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, is a boost for his wards in their quest to win the championship.

The reigning world champions had on Sunday night at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina Del Mar, hammered the Brazilians 3-0 through goals from Victor Osimhen, Michael Kingsley and Udochukwu Anumudu to move to the semi-final of the biennial cadet championship which was introduced in 1985 in China.

Amuneke acknowledged that the Selecao gave them a match especially during the opening minutes, just as he lauded his wards for being able to rise up to the occasion.

“It’s not like we scored three goals and that was it. Before that, our opponents had 15 very good minutes, when they moved the ball around as we knew they could. You have to give credit to my kids, who were tranquil and kept their cool to deal with the pressure from the Brazilians and then scored at the right time.

“For them (Eaglets), to beat Brazil is a big confidence boost. We still have a long way to the title, though,” said Amuneke who was instrumental in the triumph of Nigeria’s Dream Team at the Atlanta ‘96 Olympics over Argentina.

His counterpart from Brazil, Carlos Amadeu blamed the defeat on his wards’ inability to maximise their scoring chances saying the Nigerians were not better in terms of tactical ability.

“We knew it was important for us to make the most of our opportunities, especially if we dominated the game at some point, but we didn’t. Their goals were scored in only five minutes because of specific chances, not because we were not balanced.

“We would like to have put Nigeria behind on the scoreboard, but we failed to score. For these kids, everything that has happened here is part of their learning process,” Carlos said.

Meanwhile, the Eaglets will on Thursday night face either Mexico or Ecuador in the semi-final of the championship billed for the Estadio Municipal Ester Roa Concepcion in the semi-final.