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Uruguay can't stop Nigeria -Manu Garba

By The Rainbow

Nigeria's Golden Eaglets coach Manu Garba said Friday that his wards have what it takes to beat Uruguay in Saturday (today's) quarter-final clash of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The game, which  holds at Sharjah Stadium, at 5pm Nigerian time, will produce the country (between Nigeria and Uruguay)  that will face Sweden in the semi-final on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi following the Swedes' 2-1 victory over Honduras.

'We know that as a South American team, they like to put the ball on the ground and we expect a tough match from them. But at the end, we will beat them and qualify for the semi-final,' he said.

The ex-junior international stated that his team game plan depends on the kind of opponent available just as he said the strength of his team lies so much in marksmanship.

'We are moving from strength to strength and as the competition progresses, my players will get better. What I like most about my team is that any of the players can score. I have an attack that is blistering.

'We have a lot of attacking options so it will be difficult for any team to stop these players from scoring. When you try to stop one player, another one will get a goal.

We are a team playing total football and I see us going places,' said Garba who assisted the late Yemi Tella to win the 2007 edition of the championship in Korea.

It is still doubtful if injured striker Isaac Success will return against Uruguay after being sidelined in the last two games.

Also, Kelechi Iheanacho who is leading the adidas Golden Shoe award with five goals is set to be on duty for the fifth time as he has recovered from the injury he copped in the last game against Iran.

Iheanacho is followed closely by teammate, Musa Yahaya as well as Brazilian Mosquito, among others.