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Defeating Brazil is a big confidence boost- Coach Amuneke

amunekeAs Nigerians look forward to seeing another victory from the soaring high Golden Eaglets, the Nigeria U17 handler, Emmanuel Amuneke has expressed his delight following his boys defacing the Brazilian side with 3 nil to secure the semi final ticket of the current FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The Nigerian side, who were dominated by their counterpart, found the back of the net with three goals in five minutes by Victor Osimhen, Michael Dogo Kingsley and Udochukwu Anumudu to send the South Americans crashing at the Estadio Sausalito.
The former African Footballer of the Year, Amuneke gave kudos to the players for their performance despite the pressure from their opponent and also pointed that they still have a long way to go winning their fifth world title.
“Is not like we scored three goals and that was it. Before that our side had 15 very good minutes, when they moved the ball around as we knew they could,” Amuneke said after the game.
“You have to give credit to my kids, who were tranquil and kept their cool to deal with the Brazil pressure and then scored at the right time.
“For them, to beat Brazil is a big confidence boost. We still have a long way to the title, though.” Amunike said
On the other hand, Brazil U17 coach Carlos Amadeu is unhappy that his boys bowed to the Nigerians despite dominating the game.
“We knew it was important for us to make the most of our opportunities, especially if we dominated the game at some point, but we didn’t,” he said.
“Their goals were scored in only five minutes because of specific chances, not because we were not balanced.
“We would like to have put Nigeria behind on the scoreboard, but we failed to score. For these kids, everything that has happened here is part of their learning process.” Amadeu said
Nigeria face either Mexico or Ecuador in the semi-final billed for the Estadio Municipal Ester Roa Concepcion on Thursday.

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