Nduka Ugbade says insists their objective is to be crowned Champions of the 2023 U17 AFCON, but insists they must be cautions.
The Flying defeated Zambia 1-0 on Sunday and will confront Group leaders Morocco in their second game on Wednesday.
In a chat with CAFOnline, Ugbade, says he has confidence in his side to go all the way, but warned they must thread carefully.
“Of course, we have the targets to win, but we need to go a step at a time. We focus on the next match and if we win we are in the quarters. We get to the quarters we win and we are in the World Cup,” Ugbade said.
“Most of the time, for the young teams, the most important thing is psychology. Not physicality, tactics, or anything. Winning the first game gives us a mental edge and psychologically, we are better than we started,” said the tactician.
Ugbade also laud the quality of football played at the tournament so far.
“African football has really developed and all teams are strong now, especially in Youth football.
“We played a very tough game against Zambia and anyone could have won. Of course, there were some mistakes and you will definitely have many of them at this stage of development,” noted the former Nigerian international.
“We created lots of chances that we couldn’t finish, some passes were not correct and many more errors. But the good thing is that we keep improving.” He concluded.
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