2019 U-17 AFCON Qualifier: Eaglets Set For Niger

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets demonstrating togetherness before a match.

Nigeria U17 football team will face hosts, Niger Republic U17 counterparts in the semi-final of the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations qualification semi-final today.
The Golden Eaglets finished as West B Zone Group B winners after Burkina Faso crumbled 3-0 to Cote Ivoire on Sunday.
Manu Garba’s boys made a shaky start in the competition following their 3-2 defeat to Burkina Faso, before overpowering the Junior Elephants 5-1 in their second match
For the Baby Menas, they finished as Group A runners-up after two draws with Ghana and Togo.
The last four is billed for today at the Stade Municipal, Niamey.
Winner of the clash will meet the winner between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in the final of the championship.
The champions will get an automatic ticket to the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.
Meanwhile, coach Manu Garba has said that his side’s quest to reach the semi-final of the WAFU Zone B U17 tournament powered them to a 5-1 victory over Cote d’Ivoire in Niamey.
Following their opening 3-2 loss to Burkina Faso, the Golden Eaglets needed a big win over the Ivorians to guarantee their progress to the knockout stages from the three-team Group B.
And early strikes from Olakunle Olusegun and Olatomi Olaniyan gave Manu Garba’s lads a 2-0 lead before the efforts of Hassan Hussain, Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi and Akinwunmi Amoo cemented an empathic victory at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché.
Despite the big win, the gaffer admitted that lapses of his side denied them from scoring more and allowing Olivier D ‘Avila Junior a consolation goal.
He further promised that his coaching crew will work hard to correct some of the flaws as he eagerly looks forward to a winnable semi-final clash against the Junior Menas of Niger today.
“All we wanted was a two-goal advantage to be sure of getting to the semi-final,” Manu Garba told the media.
“We have worked on our lapses, defensively and offensively and by God’s grace we will be able to take our chances in today’s game. The most important thing on our mind was getting to the semi-final.”