Head coach of the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, Manu Garba feels disappointed that Ghana will not be making it to the Africa U-17 championship in Tanzania.
According to the Nigerian coach, the format for the qualifiers this year will affect next year’s competition especially with West Africa having the best in terms of youth football.
Nigeria beat Ghana 3-1 on penalties on Saturday to win the WAFU U17 tournament in Niger and qualify for the African Championship to be held in Tanzania later this year.
Despite winning the ultime prize at the sxpense of Ghana, Manu Garba is worried about the quality that will eventually represent Africa at the FIFA World U-17 Cup next year.
“Either side deserved to win but unfortunately it is only one ticket,’ he said after the game. “In the qualification way, I think this is not the best for CAF because West Africa is the strength of African football at youth level,” he added.
“Nigeria have won the world cup the most, five times, Ghana has won it on three occasions. And it is just unfortunate a team like Ghana is missing out. Niger itself and Cote D’ Ivoire are not going to this tournament,”
“I think this zone must head to CAF to change this format because it is not good for West Africa. Honestly,I think Ghana must be there but I will say congratulations to Ghana even in defeat. It was a befitting final.”
Ghana were runners up in the last edition of the Africa Juvenile Champions and finished as runners up at the FIFA World Cup in India last year.