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Manu Garba seeking redemption with Nigeria's Golden Eaglets

Two years after going from world champions to failing to qualify for the tournament, Nigeria's under-17 football team have made their way back to the global fiesta via a top four place at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Five-time winners Nigeria are the most successful team at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, and they also boast three runners-up placings.

Current coach Manu Garba guided the Golden Eaglets to their fourth title in 2013, while his assistant, current Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke, took...

Golden Eaglets vindicate Nigeria's youth football policy

When Nigeria's U-17 boys outscored Ghana 3-1 in a penalty shootout to qualify for the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, few would have taken note of a small but very important squad detail.

Five members of the squad were graduates of the NFF U-15 team, who also progressed from the NFF U-13 team.

There were also graduates of the NPFL/La Liga U-15 Promises tournament.

A few short months ago, these players were in Morocco playing friendly matches.

Both programs were organised with the objective...

Wonderkids of the U-17 Nations Cup: Where are they now?

Frequent substitute Kelechi Iheanacho has two goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season for Manchester City.
Frequent substitute Kelechi Iheanacho has two goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season for Manchester City.

In previous years, the U-17 Nations Cup has afforded fans of the African game a first glimpse of some of the brightest young talents on the continent.

Some of these players have gone on to become household names, while others have fallen by the wayside and failed to realise their considerable potential.

In this feature, KweséESPN remember some of the stars of U-17 Afcons past, and review where these young stars are today.

2005: Winners - The Gambia

Jerry Akaminko, Ghana: Cultured centre-back Akaminko...