Don’t Celebrate Yet, Ugbade Warns F/Eagles


Former Nigerian youth international, Nduka Ugbade, has warned the Flying Eagles not to celebrate their victory over Guatemala yet as they still have herculean task on their hands to qualify for the next stage of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

The Nigerian team whitewashed the Guatemalans 5-0 in their first game of Group D and they face Croatia in their next game on Thursday before rounding off their matches in the group against Saudi Arabia on 7 August.

Ugbade, who was part of Coach Tude Disu silver medal winning team to the Saudi ‘89 U-20 World Cup, said that Coach John Obuh and his team were outstanding in the match against Guatemala but did not want them to lose focus on their remaining matches in the group stage.

“There is no doubt that the Flying Eagles played very well against Guatemala, but they should not celebrate yet because they have not got to their destination,” said Ugbade, captain of the gold medal winning Golden Eaglets at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in China in 1985.

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“I think the team must be compact, the midfield and the defence must be strong. More importantly, the Flying Eagles must not be complacent in their remaining two matches, that is why I said they should not celebrate now,” he said.

Former Coach of the Flying Eagles and Technical Director of the Lagos Junior League, Tude Disu, is excited with the bright start of Nigeria in the World Youth Championship, saying that the landslide victory over the Guatemalans has sent a warning signal to other teams in the group.

“I’m happy that the Flying Eagles were at their best in the match.

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