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Manu Begins Flying Eagles Re-Building Process

World Cup winning coach wants to redeem himself after failing to make impact with the Under 20 team at the last World Cup

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba has drawn up plans to endear himself back to Nigeria fans after a disastrous outing with Nigeria’s Under 20 team at the last World cup.

The former Golden Eaglets coach is planning to incorporate the crop of players that won the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in 2013 and the Victorious 2015 team, as he begins a rebuilding process ahead of the CAF Under 20 cup in Zambia.

Already the coach has listed AS Roma 18 year old forward Sadiq Umar to headline the list of foreign based players invited to the Nigeria Under-20 team ahead of the qualifying series for 2017 Africa Youth Championship in Zambia.

Umar who made his debut last week for AS Roma in the Serie A has so far scored 13 goals with the B team of AS Roma and will be included in the list alongside his teammate Nura Abdullahi the right full back who is on the radar of Spanish giants Barcelona.

The foreign based players will all be in camp next year as Coach Manu Garba draws up plans ahead of the qualifying series where he is also expected to include some members of the victorious Nigeria Under-17 of 2015.

Zambia will host the 2017 Africa Under-20 championship where Nigeria will be hoping to defend their 2015 crown won in Senegal Manu Garba who came under pressure following his team poor showing at the last World Youth Championship in New Zealand is yet to decide if some players still within the age limit from his former U-20 and 17 team will be included in the team.

However speculations still remains that Zahradeen Bello who was at the last U-20 championship and presently with the Nigeria Under-23 team ahead of the Olympic qualifiers will captain the team.

– Chimaobi Uchendu

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