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Nigerian Golden Eaglets earned a qualification spot for the 2025 Africa U17 Cup of Nations tourney after defeating Ghana’s Starlets by 3-2 in a hard-fought third place game yesterday, at the WAFU B U17 Championship.

Golden Eaglets walk tight rope in WAFU B U-17 tournament ahead of Togo game


May 21, 2024

Following a goalless draw in their opening match against Burkina Faso, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets claimed a narrow but crucial 1-0 win over Niger in the WAFU Zone B U-17 AFCON qualifiers. 

This marks their first victory in the tournament.

Coach Manu Garba made strategic adjustments to the team for this game, introducing Oreoluwa Agbenla and Abdul Muiz Adeleke into the starting lineup. 

These changes nearly paid immediate dividends, with Adeleke creating an early scoring opportunity that went unconverted.

The breakthrough came in the 31st minute when Adams scored a powerful header, securing Nigeria’s lead and ultimately the win. This result lifts the five-time world champions to four points, matching Burkina Faso’s tally, and setting up a decisive final round of group matches.

Next up, the Golden Eaglets will face Togo at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday. Togo, having struggled in the tournament so far, are seen as the group’s underdogs. Meanwhile, Burkina Faso will take on Niger Republic at the University of Accra Stadium.

A draw in their upcoming match against Togo will ensure the Eaglets advance to the semi-finals, a crucial step towards their goal of qualifying for the AFCON U-17 tournament.

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