I am not under pressure to win, says Amuneke
Despite the country’s recent poor performances at the Canada 2015 Women World Cup and the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, Golden Eaglets’ coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has said he is not under any pressure to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup billed to hold in Chile later this year.
Amuneke told The Guardian yesterday that the country’s failure in the world championships should not be cause to write off other national teams preparing for international engagements.
He also prayed that Nigerians should support the Eaglets to excel in the Cadet World Cup. The former Barcelona star disclosed that the technical crew had concluded screening of the invited players, adding that the team would commence full preparations for the cadet championship today.
Still dismayed by the criticism that trailed his team after their failure to win the African U-17 Championship, Amuneke disclosed that his desire is to discover more talented young players Nigerians would be proud of in future.
He added: “I work hard day and night to groom these boys and any body criticizing the team at this moment is not being fair. They should realize I am trying to discover players from the grassroots that need more technical assistance to play as a team.
“The screening process ended last weekend and we would commence full training on Monday. There is no cause for alarm. With the support and encouragement of Nigerians, the players would give a good account of themselves in the championship,” he said.