Golden Eaglets win Niger, setup epic final clash with Ghana


The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria beat their counterparts
from Niger Republic 2-1 in the semifinal of the
ongoing 2018 WAFU Zone B U-17 AFCON qualifiers
on Wednesday, September 12.
The Golden Eaglets are hereby through to the final of the
tournament against Ghana who beat Cote d’ Ivoire in the
other semifinal.
Golden Eaglets vs Niger
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria took a giant step in qualifying
for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by defeating
hosts Niger in the semi final of the regional qualification
The team led by Manu Garba qualified for the semifinal top
of their group after a 5-1 thrashing of Cote D’ Ivoire in the
second game » and continued in the same vein with victory
over Niger in a crucial semifinal encounter.
Starting line up
Coach Manu Garba » named a string side for the must win
game and it included Akinkunmi Amoo who was the
tormentor in chief against Cote D’ Ivoire.
The game started at a frantic pace with both sides looking to
establish dominance from the blast of the whistle.
The Golden Eaglets were not intimidated by the home crowd
that were gathered in the stadium.
Amoo was the danger man for the Golden Eaglets with a free
kick of the wood work in the seventh minute and long range
strike in the 11th minute.
He however will score the games opener when he latched on
to a pass by Muhammad Ibrahim in the 43rd minute to send
the Golden Eaglets a goal ahead by halftime.
Olakunle Olusegun doubled the lead for the Golden Eaglets
when he curled a brilliant effort past the Niger goalkeeper in
the 58 minute.
The Niger side brought themselves back into contention with
a late goal before extra time but was not enough as the
Golden Eaglets held on for the win.
The Golden Eaglets will hope to continue their winning ways
in the final as their only defeat in the competition is a 3-2
loss to Burkina Faso in the opener » .
Golden Eaglets vs Ghana in final
Following their victory over Niger Republic in the semifinal,
they will face the Black starlets of Ghana in the competition.
Ghana finished first in the other group and met Cote’ Ivoire
who finished runners-up in Nigeria’s group.
The final will hold on Saturday, September 15 with the
winners of the WAFU Zone B representing the zone at the
2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to hold
in Tanzania.

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