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More about the Golden Eaglets

Manu Garba and Nduka Ugbade have proven that they know how to discover them Raw for Nigeria.
Since 2012, they have been doing it at a cadet unit of Nigeria football with brilliant attacking minded genuinely young players ready for stardom.

As exciting as they may look and as brand new they may look,we must note the following:
*Ogaga Oduko is an attacking decoy as left back,One will remember how brave Samuel Okon,Mustapha Abdullahi,Lazarus and Musa Muhammed were at this level.

Ogaga is a modern day utility left-footed player with lesser attention to defensive duties.

Despite being an orphan according to reports,his discovery will be a motivation for kids with similar condition not to lose hope. God bless his adopter.

*Akinwunmi Ayobami Amoo had hands in all the three first half goals versus Tanzania (1goal,2assists) and was deservedly named Player of the match.

Akin was part of the NFF U-15 tournament two years ago and he is currently a player Oluyole's ancient Shooting Stars.
Like Samuel Chukwueze, Musa Yahaya, Kelechi Iheanacho and other Eaglets wide attackers over the years, 'Akin' is the 'Hazard' in the team ready to take the bull by the horn not shy of responsibilities.

A Tournament MVP Candidate.

*Captain Samson Tijani is a product of the Eko Football Program that covers U-13 and U-15.

The deeplying playmaker is the supplier-general of range of passes but was guity of some unnecessary long balls, Manu told him to play it on the ground and the simplicity produces the third goal.

Tijani was the WAFU B tournament best player late last year and one to keep an eye on.

Olakunle Olusegun is a striker just like Isaac Success, Taiwo Awoniyi,Sani Emmanuel and Victor Osimhen but a stylish finisher.

He is the goal-machine but yet to come to the party, the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC pacy-poacher came through Arsenal Kiddies in Benin,Edo State.

Recall that Kunle was the topscorer of the WAFU-B U-17 tournament in Niger Republic.

Wisdom Ubani is also another one to watch,a wise addition to the team technically.

The Team and positives

It is very hard to have a perfect goalkeeping department at this level because many grassroot or academy pay more attention to the outfield players than the ones inbetween the sticks and with the fact that we lost our first choice goalkeeper to MRI test.

The comical moment was when he was running away from the penalty that rebound off the post.

Sulieman Shuaibu is probably the tallest of the custodians in the team.

*The players should to put effort into acting more like a team in crucial attacking(selfishness) and defensive(marking and tracking) moments.
*They should know how and when to remove sting out of the game and keep things simple,most especially when they have a comfortable lead like 3-1.

*The game brought back the memories of Sweden vs Nigeria in 2013 but the players overcame all odds against them including intimidating atmosphere,poor officiating and the final two goals gave us tips about their individual gifts.

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