World Under-17 Champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria began the defence of their crown with a comfortable 2-0 win against the United States of America at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago De Chile and manager Emmanuel Amunike is delighted with his team’s tactical awareness.
The Eaglets who are chasing their fifth title of the biennial competition broke the deadlock in the 50th minute through Chukwudi Agor before the team’s top striker, Victor Osimhen made it two in the 61st minute for his 40th goal in Nigeria’s colours.
The game ended in a sour note for the Americans were reduced to ten men with defender Auston Trusty was shown a straight red card for an ugly challenge on scorer Osimhen.
“Considering it was the first match, I think it was a good game. At the beginning it was pretty even, everything very tactical, neither of us wanted to make a mistake. At half time I told my players to believe in themselves, and it worked, because we were more precise.
“Besides the three points, which are very important, I also liked that we kept our heads even when we could not get things going,” Amuneke told FIFA.com.
The Nigerian lads will play Chile in their second group game on Tuesday, October 20.