A confident Coach Manu Garba has said that the Golden Eaglets are now ready to steamroll their way and win a record fourth Under-17 World Cup title after a 4-1 thrashing of Iran at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, UAE on Tuesday.
Three goals in the first half by Samuel Okon, Kelechi Iheanacho and Captain Musa Muhammed and another by Musa Yahaya in the second half, sealed Nigeria’s berth in the quarter final and a date with Uruguay in Sharjah on Saturday.
“I said earlier that my attack is blistering and I still maintain that it would be difficult for any team to stop us from scoring because our team loves scoring goals,” said Garba at the post-match conference.
With 18 goals in four matches, the Golden Eaglets now have an average of 4.5 goals per match.
Garba said there are still many more to come.
He said: “We don’t pretend we are an attacking team though there are still few errors but we are going to correct them as we go further, as we progress.”
Garba said he has no reason to change his tried and tested coaching style, adding that the best form of defence is to attack.
“I always want my team to attack and I would always improvise because this is a team where anybody can score,” he said.
He said he rated the players 80 per cent for being able to score four goals in a match of this magnitude, which is a knockout stage of a World Cup.
Garba, though, has some harsh words for Iranian Coach, Ali Doustimehr, for casting aspersion on the eligibility of his
“All the players we have here passed the MRI test and we even conducted another round one month before we came here and we would probably take on the Iranian coach on this,” he noted, allaying fears over Iheanacho, who copped an injury soon after scoring the second goal against Iran and his fifth in the competition. “It is a minor injury and Iheanacho should be back for the next game.”