Golden Eaglets’ Assistant Coach, Nduka Ugbade, has reiterated that the team is not yet thinking of meeting tournament’s favourites, Brazil, in the finale of the 2013 UAE FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Nigeria and Brazil are seeking a record fourth title at this level and there is the small talk that they could both navigate through for an eventual clash on November 8 at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
“We don’t want to be bothered with the tag of a favourite and our philosophy remains the same: one game at a time,” Ugbade said matter-of-factly. “Our objective right from the start was to win our matches and we continue to be guided by that.”
The Golden Eaglets opened their account at the 15th edition of the global cadet championship with a flattering 6-1 win over defending champions, Mexico; drew 3-3 with Sweden; and thrashed Iraq and Iran 5-0 and 4-1 respectively.
“It is only in pool and betting that you forecast matches but we are in for a serious business here,” noted Ugbade in his characteristic jocular style. “We don’t have to count the chicks before they hatch and we are looking forward to every game with a winning mentality.”
The Golden Eaglets’ train moves to the 10,877-capacity Sharjah Stadium where they will meet Uruguay in the quarter finals on Saturday.