Milutinovic, who was sighted at the AspireAcademy for Sports Excellence in Doha, where the Golden Eaglets are presently camping ahead of the biennial tournament, said that the players must not underestimate their opponents if they must go far in the competition.
“It is very important for your team to take all their opponents seriously. They must not look down on any team because it is a competition and anything can happen. An underdog can surprise the supposed big teams. So Nigeria, must be very careful not to take think teams for granted”, said Milutinovic.
he Serbian, who guided Nigeria to the France’98 World Cup, said it was imperative that the Nigerian youngsters be exposed to quality training facility at a centre such as Aspire, saying that the development of youths would eventually translate to success at the senior level on a long term.
“I’m happy to hear that the Nigerian Under-17 team is here at Aspire for training,” said the Serbian while on a short visit to the Aspire’s administrative block.
“There is no better place to be than Aspire and I’m happy that the Nigerian Federation has brought these boys here because it is good for Aspire and NFF,” he reasoned.
“I had other engagements and that was why I was not at Aspire to see the match.” Bora, Global Ambassador to Qatar 2022 World Cup and Technical Advisor at Aspire, said it was imperative to prepare youth teams ahead of competitions
“It is important to develop and prepare young players particularly for a Championship and it is good for Nigeria to be here. Qatar is the best place to be and bringing your young players is very nice because we have excellent facilities at Aspire.” The 68-year- old coach, who along with Brazilian Carlos Parreira, has guided five nations to FIFA World Cup, said he has good memories about his brief stint with Nigeria.
“I love Nigerians and I’m happy to have worked with the Super Eagles at the France’98 World Cup,” he noted.