U-17 AFCON: Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets’ll strive to pick World Cup ticket – Ugbade

Head coach of Nigeria’s national U-17 team, Nduka Ugbade, has disclosed that his wards will strive to win all their group matches inorder  to pick one of the African tickets to the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.

Reacting to Wednesday’s draw for the 2023 U-17 AFCON Championship which pitched Nigeria, Morocco, Zambia and South Africa in Group B, Ugbade said that the Golden Eaglets would go to Algeria with the mentality of winning every game and picking one of the tickets to the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.

The 2023 U-17 AFCON is scheduled to take place from April 8 until April 30 2023 in Algeria.

“We shall approach every game with the seriousness it deserves, that is to win every game. That is the mentality we take to the tournament. We know our opponents are tough and good at this level, but we shall try to outplay and overcome them.

“As five-time winners of the U-17 World Cup, we know that all eyes will be on us in Algeria, but we shall aim to qualify first by reaching the semi-finals, then try and emerge as the winner of the competition and go to the World Cup as African champions, ” Ugbade, the pioneer Golden Eagles captain and winner of the maiden U-17 World Cup in 1985 stated.