U17 World Cup: Red Flag! Eaglets Defence is Poor – Akwuegbu

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GOIANIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 26: Players of Nigeria celebrate their 3rd goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 Group B match between Nigeria and Hungary at Estadio Olimpico de Goias on October 26, 2019 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Former Golden Eaglets and Super Eagles striker Benedict Akwuegbu has identified the defence as Nigeria’s weakest link at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

Akwuegbu told www.brila.net that the Manu Garba-led team must show improvements in the rare when they face Australia later on Friday.

 

“I believe the Eaglets are good and have what it takes to go far in the tournament,”

 

“A strong defence gives the entire team confidence and once you keep conceding goals, the team will lose confidence and the end result is defeat.

 

“So, it is good that they have qualified for the next round irrespective of their ‘porous’ defence, but it is important they fix their defence because at this (knock out) stage, it could be difficult to come back once you go behind and that could rock the boat of their title ambition and cause Nigerians nightmare,” Akwuegbu said.

 

Nigeria will battle Australia at the Estadio Bezerrao Stadium in Brasilia and a draw with guarantee their place on top of the table.

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