Kanu Charges Eaglets To Focus On The Trophy


Japan ’93 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner, Nwankwo Kanu, believes the Golden Eaglets will overcome Mexico in Friday’s final of the 2013 edition in the United Arab Emirates for their fourth title.

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Kanu’s goals two decades ago propelled Nigeria to their second title of the U-17 competition and he believes the present squad have what it takes to add a record fourth trophy.

The retired Nigerian player, who went on to help Nigeria win a gold medal at the Atlanta ‘96 Olympic Games, left Lagos on Thursday, to cheer the Eaglets to victory in Abu Dhabi.

He said, “When I watched these boys in Calabar during the African qualifiers, I said they were a team to watch out for but I don’t think a lot of people agreed with me.

“But I knew what I was saying. The boys are talented and know how to score goals. The only problem the team had was in defence, which had been rectified by the coaches.”

The Eaglets-Mexico match-up brings back memories of the 2001 edition in Trinidad & Tobago, when the Nigerian youngsters beat France in the group stage but lost the final of the competition to the same team.

Nigeria had hammered Mexico 6-1 in their Group F opener in Al Ain last month but the Mexicans bounced back, beating the likes of Brazil and Argentina, on the way to the final.

“This is a different team. With a little bit of luck, they will surely triumph. They need the support of all Nigerians,” Kanu said.

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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