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NFF confirms Manu Garba as U-17 coach

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former U-17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as head coach of the Nigeria cadet team, the Golden Eaglets.

Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications at NFF, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Olajire said Garba will resume immediately and take charge of the team’s preparations for the WAFU B U-17 Championship, scheduled for Ghana in May.

According to Persecondnews, Garba, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.

Garba’s squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali, and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U-17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game.

It drew 3-3 with Sweden and defeated Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they defeated Iran 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarterfinals, and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals.

They went ahead and dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

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