Out of the Blues, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have secured one of the semi-final tickets at the ongoing WAFU U17 Cup Tournament ongoing in Lome, Togo.
The Nigeria U-17s progressed into the last four following the 3-1 win recorded by Cote d’ Ivoire over Ghana on Tuesday at the city’s Stade Municipal.
Five-time world champions Nigeria, who lost by the odd goal to the Ivorians on the opening day of the competition and were forced to a 1-1 draw by the Starlets at the weekend, needed a favour from the Ivorians to progress to the knockout stage. And the Ivorians obliged.
The coach Fatai Amoo tutored side will now take on Burkina Faso, another youth football powerhouse, in the semi-finals slated for Friday at Togo’s main stadium, Stade Kegue.
Hosts Togo were thrown out of the tournament on Sunday after two of their players failed the mandatory MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) tests conducted by the tournament’s medical team.
With Togo’s results in the tournament annulled, Burkina Faso soared to the top of Group A, and will be battling the Eaglets at the Stade Kegue in the first semi-finals from 5 pm Togo time (6pm Nigeria time) on Friday.
The same night, Group B winners Cote d’Ivoire will take on the Niger Republic as from 8 pm Togo time (9 pm Nigeria time).
The winners of the semi-finals will battle for the diadem on Wednesday next week at the Stade Kegue, and also qualify for the CAF U17 Cup of Nations billed for 13th -31st March in MoroccoFollow us on social media