Coach Emmanuel Amuneke and striker Victor Osimhen are both upbeat about the chances of the Golden Eaglets successfully defending the trophy.
Speaking to the media on arrival in Santiago, the Coach and the striker were unanimous on the chances of Nigeria winning her fifth FIFA U17 World Cup trophy in Chile.
“We are here to defend the trophy,” said Amuneke.”We are here with new players who want to write their own history and we are looking forward to our first game against the United States of America, which is very important for us.”
Osimhen echoed the sentiment of Coach Amuneke, adding that they have been psyched up for the expected challenges as the defending champions. “We are here to win,” said Osimhen who is Golden Eaglets’ top scorer with 39 goals in 71 cumulative international and local matches.”Just as the coach said, we are here to write our own story as a team and players.”
Immediately after dinner at their Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Santiago-Vitacura, where they are accommodated for their opening match against USA on October 17, Amuneke reminded his wards to focus attention on nothing but football as the team seeks a fifth U-17 world title.