WAFU B U17 tourney: FWC FC coach backs Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to excel

Former assistant coach Nigeria’s U17 team, the Golden Eaglets, coach Bunmi Haruna, has backed coach Manu Garba to qualify the country for the CAF U17 youth championship, scheduled for Morocco.

Garba with his boys are currently in Ghana for the WAFU B U17 championship which begin on Wednesday in Accra

Manu’s team spent barely four weeks in preparation camp in Abuja and the short time have prompted many football fans to doubt their credentials and ability to defend the title they won two years ago.

But, Bunmi who has won the WAFU-B U17 title twice, as assistant to Garba in 2018 and Nduka Ugbade in 2022, believes Manu has the experience to see this one through.

“Coach Manu is very experienced at this level and I consider him one of the best youth coaches in the world.

“I have followed their preparations and the team have played better than the last time, each time I watched them again.

“The MRI is usually an issue at this level, but when you have the experience of coach Manu, you can be assured he knows how to get the right players.

“Yes, there is no enough time, but I think the team will be good enough to pick at least an AFCON U17 ticket,” he said.

Bunmi who is also the head coach of an Abuja-based team, Family Worship Champions (FWC) FC, however, urged the Nigeria Football Football to equip the Eaglets with at least a match analyst to help ease the job of coach Gatba.

The 2024 WAFU B U17 tournament is scheduled to take place in Accra Ghana from the 15th to the 28th of May.

Nigeria will start their title defense against Burkina Faso, then take on Niger Republic and Togo in their bid to qualify for AFCON 2025 to be hosted by Morocco.

The Eaglets will need to reach the final to be one of the two teams to qualify for AFCON U17 championship from the WAFU-B Zone.