Eaglets and I’Coast face off for the U-17 AFCON ticket

Eaglets and I’Coast face off for the U-17 AFCON ticket

Nigeria will face Ivory Coast in the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU B Under-17 Championship in Ghana on Saturday after emerging from the group stage at the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Togo in their last game of the group stage on Thursday. .

In the final rescheduled Group B match, which was played at the University of Ghana Rugby Pitch, striker Abdulmuiz Adeleke scored a brace and another goal from Rapha Adams secured the Golden Eaglets’ second win, earning them seven points and a superior goal. difference ahead of Burkina Faso.

Adeleke shone in the morning match with her brace, while Rapha Adams did no harm to his growing reputation with his second of the tournament.

After missing the chance to put Nigeria ahead in the sixth minute, Adeleke made no mistake five minutes later with an assist from Abdulmuiz Oladimeji, while Rapha added the second to give Nigeria a 2-0 lead until the end. rest.

Adeleke got his double and Nigeria’s third in the 57th minute, thanks to another assist from captain Cletus.

The striker should have had a hat-trick but missed a penalty awarded to the Eaglets in the 68th minute.

Nigeria’s Edward Ochigbo was named Player of the Match.

The match should have been played on Wednesday afternoon, but was postponed until Thursday morning after the stadium was flooded following a downpour.

However, it didn’t happen without another delay on Thursday, as the field was only marked and the goalposts in place while the two teams waited well past 9 a.m.

Nigeria will now face Ivory Coast in the second semi-final on Saturday afternoon (19:00 Nigerian time), following the first semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso.

The two finalists will choose tickets to next year’s U-17 AFCON, which serves as a qualifier for the expanded FIFA U-17 World Cup 2025 in Qatar.