Coach Manu Garba (MFR) has revealed that the Golden Eaglets will approach Sunday’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) Under-17 Championship second round-second leg qualifying match against Guinea like a World Cup final match!
Garba said the national Under-17 team is battle-hardened for this particular encounter, adding that the team is in good form to preserve its streak of 16 successive wins in both friendly and competitive matches.
“I’m sure we can beat Guinea in Conakry,” Garba said with an unmistakably confidence before travelling out of the country. “Except the first practice match we drew when we were just one week in camp, we have won all other matches and Guinea is not going to be an exemption.
“In fact, we are going to play against Guinea on Sunday as if we’re playing a World Cup final match and by the special grace of Almighty Allah, we are going to come back victorious.”
Meanwhile, CAF has selected Moroccan referees as officials of the match between Guinea and Nigeria.
Thirty- six-year-old Mounir Errahmani, an International Referee since 2011 will be at the centre and will be assisted by Mouhib Abdallah Filali and Mohamed Lahmidi. The fourth referee is Hicham Tiazi while Leonal Vangente from Sao Tome & Principe would serve as the Match Commissioner.
In a related development, Nigerian referees would be on duty when Burkina Faso hosts Namibia this weekend. The first leg in Windhoek ended 2-0 in favour of the boys from Ouagadougou and their reverse fixture at home would be directly supervised by Nigerian Shina Henry Ogunyamodi as the centre referee.
Isah Usman and Abel Baba will function as Assistant Referee 1 and 2 respectively. Benjamin Odey is the fourth referee while Ivorian Adriouma Kone will be the Match Commissioner.