Manu – Flying Eagles Now Target A 7th AYC Trophy

Nigeria under-20 national team coach, Manu Garba has reiterated his side’s resolve to go all the way at the 2015 African Youth Championship, in Senegal.

Ten-man Flying Eagles defeated Congo 4-1 to become the first African side to book a ticket for the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand on Wednesday.

“I’m grateful to Almighty God for qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. It was a great victory playing most part of the game with 10 men,” Manu said in his post-game media briefing.

Nigeria's Flying eagles are Hoping to Go All the Way in the 2015 AYC.
Nigeria’s Flying eagles are Hoping to Go All the Way in the 2015 AYC.

“Our target is to win all the matches and that means winning the trophy as well. The first part of the job has been with qualification for the World Cup. Now, the other target is to go to the World Cup as African champions.”

Nigeria have now recorded an unassailable 6 points from their first two matches and are assured of Group A pole position regardless of the outcome of their final group game on Saturday in Mbour after their next opponents Cote d’Ivoire drew 2-2 with hosts Senegal in their penultimate game.

Manu has however downplayed the favourite tag afforded his side after two round of matches, stressing that there is still a long way to go.

“To score seven goals in two matches is no easy job. I believe we are a strong side. My boys have done very well,” he noted.

Manu added: “We have done very well so far but we can only be the best team of the competition when we win it. We have some very good sides like Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, so we cannot afford to be complacent.”

Congo coach Paoplo Berettini congratulated Nigeria for their victory, but said they will continue working hard.

“Despite the result, we have done a good job. We recovered well in the second half but could not score more goals despite the many chances,” Berettini said. “We will get back to work and do our best by correcting our mistakes for the next match.”

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