NFF Appoints Manu Garba As Golden Eaglets’ Coach

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Friday appointed Manu Garba as the Head Coach of the Under-17 team, Golden Eaglets.

“The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets,” the football body said Friday. 

“The former Nigeria international will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana,” a message posted on the NFF website read.

Garba is making a return to the position having guided the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013 in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 – Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

In that squad were Super Eagles stars, Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi.

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That group included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali, and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

“The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals, and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy,” the statement read.

“The former Nigeria international will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana.”

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