Nigeria reached the semi-finals of the WAFU U17 Cup Tournament taking place in Lomé, Togo, on Tuesday night after the Ivory Coast, leader of Group B Black stars Ghana 3-1 at the city’s Stade Municipal.
Nigeria, five times world champions, who lost by the odd goal to the Ivorians on the opening day of the competition and was forced to draw 1-1 for the Starlets over the weekend, he needed a favor from the Ivorians to advance to the knockout phase. And the Ivorians obeyed.
the Baby Elephants He took the lead after just nine minutes and consolidated at 2-0 as the match progressed. But StarletsTwo-time world champions, they backed their neighbors to put Nigeria’s chances on the line.
the Harriers and their Ghanaian counterparts had scored via penalties on Saturday. It was time for the Ivorians to benefit, as they scored from six yards with 20 minutes to go for a dominant 3-1 victory.
Nigeria will now face Burkina Faso, another youth soccer powerhouse, in the semi-finals scheduled for Friday at Togo’s main stadium, Stade Kegue.
Hosts Togo were expelled from the tournament on Sunday after two of their players failed mandatory magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests conducted by the tournament’s medical team.
With Togo’s results in the tournament canceled, Burkina Faso rose to the top of Group A and will face the Eaglets at Stade Kegue in the first semi-finals starting at 5 p.m. Togo time (6 p.m. Nigeria time) on Friday. On the same night, Group B winners, Côte d’Ivoire, will face the Republic of Niger starting at 8:00 PM Togo time (9:00 PM Nigerian time).
The winners of the semi-finals will battle for the headband on Wednesday next week at the Stade Kegue, and will also qualify for the CAF U17 Nations Cup billed for 13th -31S t March in Morocco