By Tony Nwanne
The nation’s U-17 male team suffered their worst defeat in history, losing 8-1 to England in South Korea, at the Suwon Continental Cup tournament.
The team is being coached by Coach Manu Garba, who recently failed to qualify the Golden Eaglets for the 2017 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Golden Eaglets will not be defending their World title next year, as coach Garba-led team bowed to the Baby Menas of Niger Republic 3-1 in the U-17 African qualifier in August.
After that shock exit, many Nigerians were expecting the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF to do away with coach Manu Garba, but that did not happen.
It was learnt that after collecting appearance fees money from organisers of the Suwon International tournament, the NFF called on Coach Garba, who hurriedly assembled players from various grassroots clubs and academies in the country for the tourney in South Korea.
Without any form of preparation, Garba, nine other officials of the NFF and 19 players embarked on the journey to South Korea.
In their first match yesterday, the Nigerians were no match for their English counterparts, who ran riot from the start till end of the game. Though it is an invitational tournament, it is on record that England has defeated Nigeria 8-1 in a football tournament.