Golden Eaglets Qualify For WAFU Final, U17 AFCON

Golden Eaglets Qualify For WAFU Final, U17 AFCON
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Five-time world champions, Nigerian Golden Eaglets, have zoomed into the final of the WAFU U17 Cup Tournament in Lome, Togo on Friday, following a 1-0 win over Group A winners Burkina Faso at the Stade Kegue.

The victory means the Golden Eaglets are now not only eligible to battle for the tournament’s diadem on Wednesday but have also joined the teams that have qualified for the 2021 U17 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Morocco 13th – 31st March.

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Michael Emmanuel Papo gave Nigeria, who also won the African championship in 2001 and 2007, the crucial ticket with his 77th-minute goal, with the Burkinabes unable to respond until the final whistle.

Fatai Amoo’s wards started the competition on a shaky note losing by the odd goal to Cote d’Ivoire but then were held to a 1-1 draw by Ghana in their second game in the three-team Group B. They looked to be on their way home until Cote d’Ivoire trashed Ghana 3-1 to allow the Eaglets to slip into the last four.

Nigeria’s opponents in Wednesday’s final will be the winner of Friday’s second semi-final clash between Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic.

The venue will be Togo’s main stadium, the Stade Kegue.

The Eaglets have given football fans something to cheer following the string of poor results in the past months, the most recent being the lackluster performance of the Flying Eagles in a similar tourney like this.

Five-time world Champions Nigeria will play the final match against the winner of Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic, which will hold later on Friday evening.

The Eaglets started the tournament on a shaky footing, picking just one point in their two group games.

However, a huge favor from the Baby Elephant who hammered Ghana 3-1 saw Nigeria pulling through to the semi-final and now the final.

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