U-17s must be focused for F/Eagles, says Manu

Flying Eagles’ head coach, Manu Garba, has said only players from his U-17 World Cup-winning squad who remain focused would be in his new team.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have cautioned Manu over promoting his U-17 team wholesale to the U-20s, stressing that he must give room for competition by inviting other players within the age bracketa to fight for places in his team.
“It all depends on the players who remain focused. Players who are doing very well at the moment.

“But one thing is that about 10 or 11 of the first team players from the U-17 team are already outside the country. This makes it difficult for us to start with that set of players.

“I will try to give a lot of players a chance to see what they can, so that we can have a stable team on ground.
“So when the need arises, we could invite those who are abroad to come and fortify the team,” Manu noted.

Manu is expected to open a training camp soon for the Flying Eagles, who are billed in May to take on the winners of the match between Kenya and Tanzania in the qualifying series for the 2015 AYC.

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