U17 World Cup: Manu Garba Admits Eaglets Leaky Defence Needs Fixing


Eaglets Head Coach Manu Garba has disclosed that the team’s technical crew are working “very hard” to address the defensive lapses of his side as they prepare to face Australia today in their last group game of the world Cup.

The Eaglets have already booked their place in the Round of 16 and will go up against Australia at the Estadio Bezerra in Gema, today, looking to maintain the momentum they built after winning their first two games.


However, Australia will approach this game with all seriousness as a victory against Nigeria could guarantee them a possible qualification.


Nigeria has conceded just four goals in the two group games, but will be looking to keep it tight at the back as they push for their sixth U17 world cup title.


In spite of the team’s scintillating attacking display the defence still leaves much to be desired and coach Manu Garba is well aware.


Garba said, “We are meeting Australia on Friday (today) and we are going to approach the match with a winning mentality, so as to conveniently top the group. We will maintain the tempo against Australia, who are also a good team.


“As a coach, I don’t want to throw everything open here but we promise we will work more on our defensive lapses, which I think it’s more of lack of concentration amongst the boys.


“Be assured that the team will continue to improve as the tournament progresses.”


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