WAFU: Golden Eaglets qualify for U-17 AFCON

For the second time in lower than one month, Nigeria underscored its stature in youth soccer on the African continent as five-time world champions Golden Eaglets reached the finals of the 2023 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in fashion.

Two objectives by deadball knowledgeable Emmanuel Michael and a glancing header by Abubakar Idris Abdullahi condemned the U-17 boys of I to a 1-3 defeat within the first semi closing of the continued WAFU B U-17 Championship in Cape Coast, Ghana.

But, the Eaglets uncharacteristically conceded first when Yan Diomande scored from the penalty spot within the very first minute after a foul within the Nigerian field.

The Nigerian boys launched onslaught after onslaught and have been rewarded on the half-hour mark when Emmanuel Michael, who scored a spectacular purpose from a 22-yard free-kick within the opening match towards hosts Ghana, discovered the vary off one other free-kick from the precise wing.

13 minutes later, Nigeria have been forward for the primary time within the encounter when Michael, once more from a free kick on the fringe of the field, blindsided goalkeeper Mohamed Cisse with an clever try that swept previous the static wall.

The Ivorians got here into the second half decided to browbeat the Eaglets with their measurement and stoutness, however they have been pegged additional again on the hour mark when Abubakar Idris Abdullahi discovered the web with a glancing header.

4 minutes later, the Ivorians have been right down to 10 males after Makhete Moustapha N’diaye was proven the crimson card.

One other free-kick by Emmanuel Michael within the 77th minute missed goal narrowly, and Valuable Tonye Williams got here very shut with 4 minutes left after an excellent group transfer set him up with a transparent likelihood.

In Friday’s closing, the Eaglets will tackle the winner of the second semi closing between hosts Ghana and Burkina Faso. Nonetheless, victory over the Ivorians means they are going to be one of many eight collaborating groups at subsequent 12 months’s Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Algeria.

Defender and deadball prodigy Emmanuel Michael was offered with the Man-of-the-Match award, for the third consecutive match.

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