Ex international, Emmanuel Babayaro believes the current Nigeria U20 side are presently the best team in the world.
The Flying Eagles began their African Youth Championship campaign by spanking hosts Senegal 3-1 and will face Congo on Wednesday to confirm their place at the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
According to Babayaro – who was a member of the 1996 Olympic football winning team, the team are the rave of the moment while singing the praises of the technical crew for a job well done.
“The truth is that the Flying Eagles are the revelation of the moment. For me, all kudos goes to the Manu Garba led technical crew. I think they have done an amazing job,” Babayaro told Goal.
“I’m actually not looking at the African Youth Championship, I have said it before and from what I have seen them play, the team have the capability of bring the first Fifa U20 World Cup to Nigeria. They are just that good.
“Manu Garba is a genius, and with Nduka Ugbade they know football too well. They are the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of technical capability and professionalism.
“I’m totally not surprised at their boys’ performance. I can only keep celebrating, clapping and hoping for more victories to come.”
He then went on to stated reasons why the Nigeria U20 team looks unconquerable insisting that they are the best side in the world.
“Manu Garba and his technical crew are the reason why this team is so strong,” he added.
“These men I have seen them work closely. It’s not just been top coaches, they love their job.
“They enjoy working so hard and they pass on this discipline to the boys. Besides, if you look at the team individually, they are not necessarily the most fantastic players, but as a team they are the best in the world and that is what makes them thick.
“This is a bunch of very discipline, tactically, technically and well equipped players. It is just like the German team of today, this is the same reason why they can win the World Cup,” he concluded.
A win against Congo at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar on Wednesday will not only see Manu Garba’s side seal a place in the last four of the AYC but will guarantee them a place at the 2015 Fifa U-20 World Cup.