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Garba: The will to win is part of DNA of every Nigerian team

Manu Garba Head Coach of the Golden Eaglets who are putting finishing touches to their preparations for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil…

Manu Garba Head Coach of the Golden Eaglets who are putting finishing touches to their preparations for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil Manu has said the will to win every single match is part of ‘the DNA of every Nigerian team’.

“Everyone should get ready to see a fantastic Nigerian team that play great football and have the trophy in their sights,” Coach Manu Garba confidently told FIFA.com.

“Ecuador, Hungary and Australia are undoubtedly strong teams that we respect, but we are record-breaking world champions and I was involved in two of our title wins.”

Indeed, Garba was head coach when the African side clinched victory in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, and served as Yemi Tella’s assistant six years earlier.

“The will to win every game is part of the DNA of every Nigerian team, and my team here in Brazil is no exception,” he said.

One player who embodies this spirit and acts as Garba’s ambassador out on the pitch is Captain Samson Tijani.

“Our country’s previous success does not place any pressure on our shoulders at all,” Tijani said. “But the world is naturally expecting a great deal from us, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to follow in the footsteps of our predecessors.

“Our coaches have so much experience – not just Garba, but also his assistant Nduka Ugbade, who led Nigeria to the title for the first time as captain in 1985.

“They know exactly what we need to do to finish the tournament as champions.”

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