Emmanuel Amuneke, Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets has described his side’s 5-1 win over hosts, Chile as a tough one.
Amuneke in his post match assessment submitted that the Chileans remain a good side despite the trashing they suffered in the hands of the Golden Eaglets early Wednesday morning.
“This match against Chile was not an easy one despite the fact that we won 5-1 because we played against a very good team with good players,” Amuneke noted at the post match conference. He continued: “We knew they are a very good side and a very difficult team to play against because they have the full support of the crowd. But we were able to come up with the tactics to deal with their style and our players were able to interpret very well our plans for the game.”
The Eaglets’ supremo said it was his responsibility to keep the boys focus even after a very good performance against the host, adding that the next game against Croatia would not be easy.
“I think this is a peculiar group and the fact that Chile lost today doesn’t mean they are a bad side, they can still qualify from the group if they can get a good result in their last game against USA,” he noted.
“We lost to Croatia at the pre-world Cup tournament in Suwon and we must respect them despite the fact that they have drawn their last two matches.”