The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has urged the Golden Eaglets to put behind them their 2-1 loss to Croatia in Coquimbo and focus on the latter stage of the tournament at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The NFF Assistant Director Siji Lagunju addressed the team before leaving Coquimbo where group stage matches were played.
“With my over 40 years’ experience in football as player and coach, I can categorically tell you that you technical crew led by Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has done remarkably well in training and preparing you for this tournament,” he said.
“I commend them for being able to impact to you the spirit of hard work and discipline, but whatever you achieve at this tournament would be down to your personal and collective attitude as players.”
“We lost to Croatia on Friday because of poor attitude,” he insisted.
“We had a brilliant attitude before we played USA and Chile. Unfortunately, we lost the same attitude and composure against Croatia. We can’t afford to display such attitude as we go into the knockout stages and we believe you can excel with strong mental attitude starting with the Round of 16 matches on Wednesday,” noted Lagunju, a gifted winger who played for defunct Leventis United, Iwuanyanwu Nationale and Bendel Insurance in the 1980s.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets have since arrived Vina del Match with preparations already on for the Round of 16 matches on Wednesday, starting with a training session on Sunday. They will also train twice on Monday and once on Tuesday.