He has already won the world Cup as an assistant coach in 2007 butGolden Eaglets' Head Coach, Manu Garba (MFR), said here that winningthe trophy on Friday would be his greatest achievement ever."There is an extra motivation for me to win this trophy and it wouldbe my greatest honour yet because in 2007 I was an assistant whenNigeria won this trophy," Manu said at the lobby of Abu Dhabi Hotelbefore heading for his last pre-match press conference at this 2013UAE U-17 World Cup.
Manu's Golden Eaglets are hoping to become a record fourth titlist atthis level following Nigeria's previous win in 1985, 1993 and 2007.The team ramped up fantastic results along the way to reach theirsixth final including a 6-1 defeat of defending champions as well asscoring a total of 23 goals-more than any team in the competition.Going into Friday’s final against Mexico, the Golden Eaglets haveplayed a total of 48 matches; won 43, drew 4 and only lost once;scoring a total of 218 goals and conceded just 53.At the press conference proper, Manu reiterated that he would be theproudest and happiest man on earth if God can crown the efforts ofalmost two years with a final victory against Mexico on Friday.He said: “This team has played the best football since we started thisjourney and even at this tournament because we are playing totalfootball.
“Of course, I have won this trophy before but winning it on Friday by
beating Mexico would be the best moment of my coaching career.
“None of the players that I brought here play in the Nigerian domestic
league and I and the rest of the coaching crew had to groom this team
from the scratch."
He admitted that the Final Match would not be a one-way traffic for
the team tagged 'the Nigerian Marauders' by Emirati Newspapers since
the Mexican would be eyeing a revenge after their last 6-1 defeat.
"Mexico would be looking for revenge but we are going to a win this
match because we want to set the record as the best team in the world
at this level," Manu explained."We respect Mexico for what they have
been able to do at this World Cup but our prayer is that God will
crown our efforts tomorrow,” said Manu.
....Scot referee Craig Thomson to handle Match
Scottish referee, Craig Thomson along his compatriots Derek Rose and
Alan Mulvanny has been picked by FIFA as officials for the FIFA U-17
World Cup UAE 2013 Final Match between Nigeria and Mexico at the
Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Thomson has been a match official since 1988 and has officiated in the
Scottish Premier League since 2002. The fourth official is Nobert
Hauata from Tahiti while Mark Rule of New Zealand would be the Reserve
Golden Eaglets in the meantime, would don the white jerseys while the
El Tri would be on green. The match will kick off at 8:00 pm local
time (5:00pm Nigerian time).