The Nigeria U17 national team has arrived Santiago, the Chilean capital ahead of the 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup. The team departed Buenos Aires on Tuesday and touched down in Santiago early on Wednesday morning.
Nigeria, defending champions, are one of Africa’s four flag bearers at the competition that will run from October 17 to November 8.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke and striker Victor Osimhen told media they were upbeat about the chances of the team to successfully defend the title they won in the United Arab Emirates two years ago.
“We are here to defend the trophy,” said Amuneke.”We are here with new players who want to write their own history and we are looking forward to our first game against the United States of America, which is very important for us.”
Osimhen echoed the sentiment of his coach, adding that they have been psyched up for the expected challenges as the defending champions.
“We are here to win,” said Osimhen who is the team’s top scorer with 39 goals in 71 cumulative international and local matches. “Just as the coach said, we are here to write our own story as a team and players.”
Immediately after dinner at their Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Santiago-Vitacura, where they are accommodated for their opening match against USA on October 17, Amuneke reminded his wards to focus attention on nothing but football as the team seeks a fifth world U17 world title.