Manu Garba: Flying Eagles to Under-17 Coach

Edwin  - CEO March 31, 2024
Updated 2024/03/31 at 5:06 PM
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Manu Garba
Manu Garba

Celebrating and Honoring Manu Garba’s Remarkable Journey!!!


Paul Okoku
By Paul Okoku


Congratulations, Manu Garba, MFR, on your newly announced role as the Under-17 coach! Your experience speaks volumes, and your coaching prowess is genuinely world-class. As a former member of the Flying Eagles, 1983 set, who made history as the first national football team to represent Nigeria in the World Cup in Mexico in 1983, you know what it takes to win.


On behalf of the 1983 Flying Eagles, as the Vice Captain, we offer our heartfelt congratulations. We’re fully behind you every step of the way. Go out there and show them what you’re made of!


Indeed, you’re a proven leader who is humble, with integrity and honesty, and leads by example. Manu has produced world-class football players who graduated from age-grade (u17 and u20) national football teams to play for the Flying Eagles, Super Eagles, and club sides all over Europe, including the English Premier League (EPL).


Manu’s journey from the Flying Eagles 1983 set as a player to becoming a FIFA U17 World Cup-winning coach in 2013 is amazingly inspiring.


According to Manu, in his own words, as previously published, he has worked in the past with eight players named in the Super Eagles 23-man squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sierra Leone.


Garba has groomed talented players such as Divine Nwachukwu, Adebayo Adeleye, Olorunleke Ojo, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, and Taiwo Awoniyi, who have all at one time or the other played under him either in the U17, Golden Eaglets or the U20, Flying Eagles categories.


Leicester City duo Ndidi and Iheanacho, Nottingham Forest striker Awoniyi, Enyimba goalkeeper Ojo, and Nantes winger Moses were part of the Flying Eagles squad coached by Garba that competed at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup.


Apart from Divine Nwachukwu, Akinkunmi Amoo and Samson Tijani have also been invited to the Super Eagles, showcasing the talent nurtured by Manu’s coaching. Garba’s impact extends beyond the national team, with players like goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleye and Olorunleke Ojo excelling in various tournaments.


It’s puzzling why he is not even mentioned in conversations about becoming the Super Eagles’ chief coach now that the position is vacant.


He has proven himself at the youth level, time and time again.


As the saying goes, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” I do not doubt that his days of becoming the chief coach of the Super Eagles team are on the horizon.


Below are the congratulatory messages from Manu Garba’s former teammates from the Flying Eagles 1993:


Paul Okoku: Thank you, my friend! It’s an honor to share this journey with you. 🎉


Chibuzor Ehilegbu: Congratulations Manu. Wishing you the best. 👏👏


Otti Amaechi: Congratulations, Garba Mohammed! I am just reading this news now. Congrats once again 👍👍👍


Dahiru Sadi: Congratulations on a well-deserved appointment, great coach.


Tarila Okorowanta: Manu Gabba is at it again. Congratulations, my friend and colleague,. All the best, mate.


Dehinde Akinlotan: Congratulations, Manu, you sure keep our flags flying high.


Dr. Femi Olukanni: Congrats, Manu; I wish you well during this new appointment. Remain blessed.




Patrick Udoh: Congratulations!


Sunday Edema Benson: Good day, coach. Congratulations on your new job. God bless you with good health.


Manu Garba: My able Vice Captain, teammate, and brother. Congratulations to us all. To all my teammates, thank you for your support, as this is a congratulations to us all.


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