Youth football progression and not winning a sixth world title in Brazil is the country’s main target, according to the Nigerian football chief. The Nigeria U17 technical crew has been tasked with sustaining the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) policy on youth development rather than winning 2019’s U17 World Cup at all cost.

The Golden Eaglets will be making their 12th appearance at the biennial championship in Brazil and have been grouped in Group B alongside Hungary, Ecuador, Hungary, and Australia.  

With five world titles, Nigeria are the most successful team in U17 World Cup history but have failed to replicate these successes at the senior level.

As the world converges on the South American nation for the 18th edition in October, acting NFF president Seyi Akinwunmi has charged the Manu Garba-led technical crew to focus on developmental football.

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