Ugbade tips Eaglets for glory in Niamey


The contingent of Nigeria’s U17 boys, Golden Eaglets, has arrived in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic for the WAFU B U17 Tournament which serves as the qualifying competition for the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations.


Assistant coach of the team, Nduka Ugbade has reposed his trust in the ability of the Eaglets for a successful conquest in Niamey.

“I believe if there is any team capable of winning the competition, then that side must be Nigeria,” Ugbade told

“There is no doubt that we are simply the best. The failure of not qualifying for the U17 Nations Cup 2017 is still fresh in our minds.

“It is too early to say though that we will last the length of the tournament, it is becoming clear by each passing day that we can make it, and that of course depends on whether we could sustain our performance,” he asserted.

A total of 16 players and members of the technical crew and backroom staff departed Abuja aboard an ASKY airline flight on Friday morning. The remaining four players as well as Head Coach Manu Garba and Team Administrator Sirajo Hassan, who could not travel on Friday as there were not enough seats available on the flight, flew from Abuja on Saturday morning.

The tournament in Niamey will kickoff on Sunday.


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