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Golden Eaglets Beat Ghana, Qualify For 2019 U-17 AFCON

Golden Eaglets Beat Ghana, Qualify For 2019 U-17 AFCON

By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigeria booked a place in the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations after beating perennial rivals, Ghana 3-1 on penalties in the final of the WAFU qualifying tournament at the Seyni Koutnche Stadium Niamey on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw after regulation time.

Ghana dominated the game in the first half, but were unable to beat Golden Eaglets’ goalkeeper, John Amah who made a number of vital saves.

The Black Starlets took a well deserved lead in the 54th minute.

Nigeria equalised few minutes later through Akinkunmi Amoo.

Both sides carved out numerous chances afterwards but were unable to find the winning goal.

In the penalty shootout, the Eaglets triumphed 3-1 and will thus join seven other teams to battle for four World Cup slots at the 2019 U-17 AFCON tournament in Tanzania.

The Golden Eaglets netted three kicks but lost one, while the Black Starlets converted only one of their four kicks.

David Ishaya, Samson Tijani and Muhammad Ibrahim scored for Eaglets in the shootout, while Amoo who scored in open play lost his penalty kick.

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  • Mykel 3 years ago

    Up Nigeria, Ghana na our pikin(omo Wa naa ni),dey always tried to proved stubborn but always chop am.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    CAF must rescind this decision of theirs because for giants to play against each other and eliminate each will limit our strength at the u17 World Cup this drama to reduce west Africa slot makes no sense pinnick start the debate at HQ. congrats Eaglets and sorry to our brother Nation Ghana

    • i agree with you on this chima. Is it tanzania or uganda we want to send

    • I think in the same way Uefa has started the European league of nations, the idea is for the smaller nations to get used to playing more than one match before they are eliminated. West Africa was recognised as the powerhouse of African football with two groups. That way we have a quarter of the teams in Tanzania guaranteed. Nigeria and another from Senegal/Mali/Guinea/Cape Verde once they finish their own semi finals and finals.

      With 4 teams out of 8 going through to the world cup we have a 50% chance of going through.

      No how we would not have met the tougher teams even if the old format was kept to. At least we did not have to battle twice as hard if West Africa had only one representative or against the other African powerhouse: North Africa Morocco/Algeria/Tunisia/Egypt in order to get this far

      • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

        Don’t compare CAF u17 to Europe nations league which is more like a friendly to uefa nations to avoid senseless friendlies with just an automatic slot of one to eufa cup of nations which will be awarded to the overall winner. Africa copies blindly and in the end will hurt themselves. Why didn’t they do same for North African clubs who always dominate CAF champions league. SMH you can’t smell politics against dumb ass west africa 

    • Rasmos 3 years ago

      CAF should have allowed TWO teams each (The Finalists) to automatically qualify for the final in Tanzania.

    • Very correct. This idea is not good enough. Possible champions are being eliminated from the scratch 

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Congratulations to my darling team Golden Eaglets. I am very proud of you guys.

    Niger and other Nations tried to stopped the Eaglets from becoming a champions but forgotten that destiny can never be changed.

    In the end, we don hear the news “Godwin”. It’s time to celebrate with our team. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Bisi Mike 3 years ago

    Honestly I do not know why FIFA should
    make such arrangements am beginning to see this man as an enemy of African (west) congratulations Eaglets

  • Adebisi Michael 3 years ago

    Congratulations eaglet

  • Ibrahim 3 years ago

    What of the remaining zonal tournament of under 17

  • _He Who Laughs Last_

    Whilst it’s no longer news that 5 times World Champions Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have won the Wafu tournament, I can’t help but cast my mind back to the attempt at ridiculing our boys by a Benin Republic football official.

    Nigeria had been scheduled to play Benin in the last match of the group.

    According to allnigeriasoccer.com, Beninese FA Vice President Didavi Bruno looked at our boys and said:
    “We are on fire, your boys are too small, we will beat them silly. Your boys are small-small boys, we are pepper.” the thick and roundly looking official boasted among other things.

    As it would happen, the “big boys from Benin” were disqualified from the tournament without playing a single match having failed MRI scans!

    Ha ha ha! I still can’t stop laughing.

    Indeed, he who laughs last laughs best.

    When he made that stupid statement, Nigeria Golden Eaglets players and officials did not give him a response but smiled while they seemed focused on the tasks at hand.

  • This format by FIFA is crazp. At this level of football West Africa remains the heart of Africa.there’s no point giving them a platform to qualify wen they will go there and disgrace Africa..let the best team represent Africa..lets stop this..

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Thank God for the MRI. We too can enjoy our victory without the usual accusations of fielding ineligible players.

  • kalaaala 3 years ago

    ghana was the best team but we couldn’t have the best of luck on the penalties shoot out.

    come on boys next 2 years is possibly our year.up boys

  • irabor kingsley 3 years ago

    Ghana was the best team yet they lost, i can see that you are trying to console yourself for the massive defeat your team suffered. For Nigeria to come from behind and win, tells a lot of our superiority over the Ghanaian team. The one that calls himself Ghana boy, who was ranting on the comments pages and making noise is suddenly quiet. I think he is yet to recover from the rude shock he got from the defeat.

    • Ghana boy 3 years ago

      I decided to stay away, not because of the loss, but because you people told me to get out of your website.

      You know the best team didn’t win. Nigeria was lucky. Please admit the truth.

      • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

        Hahahahaha…the best team indeed….Nigeria scored about 11 goals in the torunament, your team scored 5 or thereabout….we won the trophy, you lost…a nigerian player was top scorer with 4 goals in 4 matches, another was the mvp of the entire tournament, your players com zero individual awards…..and u still think u were the best team in the tournament, charlie stop smoking cannabis…!
        And pls tell us, since the advent of MRI in 2009, what have you guys won at U17 level…??? let me remind you that we have played in 3 U17 world cup finals since 2009 and won 2 gold and 1 silver.
        Go and meditate on that …!

  • well Mr Ghana boy luck is not
    all that is needed in a game of football. One most prepare adequately to take the Lady luck
    when it present itself. For a team that is five times world champions certainly has luck imbedded in their system.
    We have learned the good and the bad and we have evolved. Others that tried to cut corners eg Benin they where stopped in their stride, Nigeria always one step ahead of the African continent in matters of youth football. We have learned our lesson even though we had left history in the hands of time now with MRI which had negative effect in the last qualifiers we are out to prove a point. I do not see Ghana standing in our way. The stronger teams from the west Africa have been eliminated, the rest rest of other teams going to Tanzania doesn’t cause of a threat no disrespect. But just like in the early days of the super falcons beaten teams by a six goals, seven or nine goals margin is what may a waits those teams going to Tanzania when they take on the Golden eaglets I’m afraid but I hope they can step up their games. I do not fancy easy oppositions because it’ll come back to hunt them if you doubt me ask England in the last world cup.