The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the appointment of Coach Manu Garba as the head coach of their Under-20 side.
The football federation said they’ve made the decision with high regards for the need for “continuity”, since the victorious Under-17 cadet, guided by Garba to the 2013 Fifa World Cup in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), all moved up the hierarchy to the Flying Eagles.
The Golden Eaglets clinched the country’s fourth title on Asian soil following previous success in China 1985, Japan 1993 and South Korea 2007 in November.
“We have opted for continuity because these coaches are highly experienced and qualified to continue with the progress we are making,” NFF’s head of technical department Emmanuel Ikpeme told BBC Sport.
“We’ve had a couple of disappointing experiences in the past and it was felt that we couldn’t take the same route again.
“Manu Garba knows the boys from the under-17s but they are gradually moving to Europe, hence he must look inward [locally] and the NFF will give him all the required support.”
Ex-Nigeria international, Nduka Ugbade, who was part of Garba’s coaching crew at the 2013 World Youth Championship in the UAE, will serve as an assistant with the U-20.
The technical committee of the NFF have also ratified the appointment of former international winger Emmanuel Amuneke as the new U-17 coach.
“Amuneke has transformed from a great player to one of the finest youth coaches in Africa and we believe he deserves his under-17 role as well, Ikpeme continued.
“On our part, we believe these significant coaching decisions were necessary for development.”
The former Zamalek, Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona winger, now take over the reins of the U-17 from Garba, whom he served under as an assistant coach at the 2013 World Cup.