By Anthony Emmanuel
Five-time world champions, Golden Eaglets are fired up for the upcoming 2019 Africa U-17 cup of Nations West B Zone (WAFU-UFOA B) qualifiers scheduled to begin in the Republic of Niger on Sunday, September 2.
The Manu Garba led side defeated Ituen Academy (3-1) in their final preparatory game last Tuesday, before their trip to the Nigerien Capital, Niamey.
The Nigeria U-17s played a total of 26 friendly matches and scored over 100 goals in those games,while conceding only 16 goals,an average of 0.62 goals per game.
Officials and players are now waiting for the greenlight from the Nigerian Football Federation before embarking on the trip to Niamey but their tentative date of departure is Friday or Saturday, in time for their first game o the tourney against Burkina Faso at the Stade Municipal, Niamey on September 3.
Ivory Coast and Benin Republic are Nigeria’s other opponents in Group B for the U-17 AFCON that will hold in Tanzania in May next year.