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FIFA Technical Study Group Commends Eaglets



The FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) saddled with the  responsibility  of ‘monitoring  international  matches and identifying latest footballing trends’  has applauded  the tactical savvy of Coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led Golden Eaglets after they easily  reached the semi  finals  of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 with aplomb on  Sunday.
Desmond (Desi) Curry,  Member of the TSG had sought out Amuneke ahead  of their trumping of the A Selecao  of Brazil  at the Estadio  Sausalito  to explain briefly his seemingly obstructive tactics which have confounded opposing teams at this  tournament.
The team,  according to TSG’s elderly man from Northern Ireland, has brought to bear a new trend  with varied styles and deployment of  players  when ‘having  or not having the ball,’  hence the need for clarification. “Sincerely, we (TSG panel)  have tried to understand the tactics you  are using but it is confusing,” Curry told Amuneke matter-of-factly. “I have done  some of your matches here but it is unusual to see a Number 10 (Kelechi Nwakali) playing deep as much as we have seen your player here.
“This is a new trend and we are going to include some of your explanations  in the Technical Report of the championship  because the tactical approach of  your team stands out,” he noted.
The TSG was introduced  49 years ago by FIFA at the 1966 FIFA World  Cup England  and current Super Eagles’ Head Coach,  Sunday  Oliseh was on the panel at the last FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. “Our (TSG) main goal is continual improvement of the game,” notedJean-Paul Brigger, head of FIFA’s technical division while revealing  the identities of TSG for Chile 2015.
The eight-man TSG panel for Chile 2015 is made up of  experienced former  internationals  and coaches including Teófilo Cubillas (Peru), Desi Curry (Northern Ireland), Víctor Funtes Moreno (Chile), Rónald Gonzalez Brenes (Costa Rica), Patrick Jacquemet (Tahiti), Belhassen  Malouche (Tunisia), Sivaji Narayanan Nair (Singapore) and Dany Ryser

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