SPORT Amuneke salutes Ea­glets’ win­ning start

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Golden Ea­glets Head coach, Em­manuel Amuneke has de­scribed Satur­day’s 2-0 win over the United States of Amer­ica as a morale booster for the play­ers in the quest to suc­cess­fully de­fend the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Chuk­wudi Agor and Vic­tor Osimhen gave Nige­ria a win­ning start cour­tesy of two sec­ond half goals against the Amer­i­cans at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.

“The vic­tory to­day against the USA was im­por­tant for us and I want to con­grat­u­late the boys for mak­ing Nige­ri­ans happy,” Amuneke told thenff.com.

He con­tin­ued: “They (play­ers) were ten­ta­tive in the first 20 min­utes and this was ex­pected be­cause it was the first time they were play­ing at a big stage such as the World Cup but it was im­por­tant we won the first game since it would boost our con­fi­dence go­ing into the next game against host Chile; so we are happy but will con­tinue to work harder.

“To­day’s vic­tory against the USA is for Nige­ri­ans es­pe­cially for many who stayed up late to watch the match,” stated the former African Foot­baller of the Year who re­frained from prais­ing the goal scor­ers against USA.”It is the job of all the play­ers to do their re­spec­tive jobs in the in­ter­est of the team. We want to play and win as a team and col­lec­tively, we want to work in or­der to achieve our over­all ob­jec­tive at this tour­na­ment.”

Mean­while, mid­fielder Chuk­wudi Agor has de­scribed his goal and in­deed the open­ing goal in Group A at Chile 2015 against the USA, as very im­por­tant for his bud­ding ca­reer. It was Agor’s sec­ond goal for the na­tional U-17 side af­ter he grabbed the win­ner in the 2-1 win over Brazil at the Su­won U-17 Tour­na­ment in Septem­ber.

“I’m happy that I scored to­day,” said Agor, which means ‘gift from God’ in Ibo dia­lec­tic. “I’m ded­i­cat­ing the goal to my sis­ter, Oluchi.”

The Golden Ea­glets will, in the mean­time, hit the road on Sun­day for Vina del Mer where they will play host Chile at the 24,000 Ca­pac­ity Es­ta­dio Sausal­ito on Tues­day.

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