NFF confirms Manu Garba for Eaglets again


Manu Garba has officially been named as Coach of the Nigeria U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets again by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Having distanced himself from reports claiming he is not interested in handling the country’s cadet team again, Coach Manu has been given a mandate by the NFF to repeat his World Cup –winning feat of 2013 at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

In a statement on its official website, the NFF also announced that Coach Manu will be assisted by Atuni Ali and Ernest Teigpanyo.

Soft –spoken Garba, who was elevated to the U-20 team after the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph, led the Flying Eagles to lift the African title in Senegal last year, but his boys failed to progress beyond the Round of 16 at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Manu will have to hit the ground running as the Golden Eaglets will a few months begin the qualification series for the 2017 African U-17 Championship, which will be hosted by Madagascar.

Meanwhile, the NFF also confirmed Bala Nikyu as Head Coach of the U-17 girls team, Flamingos. He will be assisted by Queen Gwendolyn with Lateef Yusuf as goalkeeper trainer.

Flamingos have already qualified for the final round of the African qualification series for the 2016 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will hold in Jordan later in the year. They play South Africa over two legs next month for a spot in Jordan.