Hungary Vs Nigeria: I Believe In Destiny – Manu Garba

Hungary Vs Nigeria: I Believe In Destiny – Manu Garba

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Nigeria U-17 coach Manu Garba and Riverline FC striker Divine Nwachukwu attended the mandatory pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of their World Cup opener against Hungary at the Estádio Olímpico, Goiânia.

Here’s what Manu Garba told the media present :

How the Golden Eaglets will play in Brazil and finishing fourth at the U17 AFCON?

”Good afternoon everyone. We expect to see a very good style of play from the Nigeria team, they will play total football. I was the head coach when we won the World Cup in 2013 here in Dubai. In that tournament we scored a total of 26 goals. Since the beginning of the U-17 World Cup, no team has ever scored such number of goals.
This team is a little bit different from the other team because we have different set of players but I assure you that you will see an enterprising team, a team that plays good football and scores a lot of goals too.

We finished fourth, we topped our group in Tanzania but unfortunately we lost in the semi-finals during the penalty shootout. When it comes to penalties any of the two teams can go out, I think we lost 10-9 during the penalty shootout.

But if you recall in 2015, the Nigeria team finished fourth in the African Championship but won the World Cup in Chile.


With the successes you have had down the years, Nigeria have done so well at the World Cups more than anyone else, is there much pressure on you and the players to deliver results here in Brazil?
I think it is not only the 2013 team that I was part of the team. In 2007 in South Korea I was the first assistant coach when we won the World Cup, beating Spain in the final through penalty shootout.
For me as a person, I don’t even care to know the word pressure. Why because I am a firm believer of destiny. Anything that will happen will happen, but I am somebody who is positive, positive in the sense that God’s willing my destiny and country’s destiny will be good, so I don’t care to know what pressure is.

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