Manu begins screening with 40 players

Nigeria’s U-17 Coach, Manu Garba will on Monday begin the screening of new players at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, towards putting together another world conquering squad that will start with qualification for next year’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations to be hosted in Madagascar.

The U-17 team known as the Golden Eaglets is the current world champions after a team led by Emmanuel Amuneke (MFR) won a record fifth title for the country in Chile last year, and Garba noted all hands must now be on deck with the team’s qualifier against Niger that is fast approaching.

Garba said that the open screening would last for three weeks starting with a list of 40 invited players scouted across the country, even as he called on ambitious and confident players within the stipulated age bracket to avail them of the opportunity. “We don’t have much time to waste and we are going to use just three weeks for open screening in order to have a close look at the 40 invited players,” stated Garba.”It will also be an opportunity for us to see others since many uninvited players may also turn up, based on our previous experience.”

The Golden Eaglets would be away to Niger Republic on the first weekend of August, with the reverse fixture a fortnight later.

The final tournament of the U-17 AFCON will be held from 2nd – 16th April 2017 in Madagascar.

NFF/Aisha JM