Coach Stephen Keshi believes the current crop of Under-17 team can still improve if given the opportunity to pass through the different cadres of the youth teams.
The Super Eagles handler believes the coach Manu Garba-tutored lads, who recently did Nigeria proud by lifting the 2013 FIFA World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, could gradually improve in their development by ensuring the progress through the “natural route of maturity”
Keshi once more reiterated his believe in the capabilities of indigenous coaches if only given the right environment to work while praising coach Manu and his crew for a job well done.
“I am particularly proud of the coaching crew, because they again showed that some of the best coaches are from Africa. I hail the Minister and the NFF for providing an absolute conducive environment for the team and we hope it will continue to be like that all the times,” said Keshi.
“Once again I say kudos to coach Manu Garba, Emmanuel Amuneke, Nduka Ugbade and Emeka Amadi. They have really helped to strengthen the credentials of the Nigerian coaches and made us proud not only as a nation but as a group and also in the profession, may such things continue to happen to Nigerian football.”
The Afcon 2013-winning coach however attested to the fact that the players could as well play for the Eagles, but advised them to focus on making gradual promotion up the hierarchy- like winning a flying Eagles shirt.
“I will want the players to take a natural route of maturity, play for the Flying, then maybe the Under-23 and then we can start looking at them. During that period, we may find one or two of them that can make impact in the national team and we will not hesitate to invite them,” he added.