Nduka Ugbade focus on being successful at next year's U-17 AFCON

Published on: 01 December 2022

The coach of Golden Eaglets, Nduka Ugbade has revealed his desire and plans to ensure his boys achieve success ahead of the 2023 AFCON in Algeria.

Ugbade is currently screening players to beef up his team as they eye a semi-final spot at the U-17 AFCON to guarantee qualification for the cadet World Cup.

“The situation now is that 12 countries are coming for the U-17 AFCON. There will be an extra match as two extra teams will be picked from the three groups as well as two best losers for the quarter-final and the semi-final,”  Ugbade told Brila FM.

The former Remo Stars FC gaffer is not going to the African Cup of Nations to qualify for the World Cup, but to win the tournament.

“If you qualify for the semi-final, automatically, you have qualified for the World Cup. Then you start to struggle to get to the final. Your struggle will have to lead you to struggle for the trophy.”

The Golden Eaglet who are the most successful team in the world will be seeking to qualify and win their sixth title when the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup takes place in Peru.

Nigeria who emerged champions of the WAFU championship to qualify for the U-17 AFCON will participate in the tournament for young Africans from 8th April to 30th April.