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U-17 AFCON 2019: Eaglets Lose Bronze Medal To Angola, Finish 4th, Go Home With World Cup Ticket

U-17 AFCON 2019:  Eaglets Lose Bronze Medal To Angola, Finish 4th, Go Home With World Cup Ticket

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets finished their campaign at the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations on a disappointing note after they went down to a 2-1 defeat against 10-man Angola in the third-place match at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Saturday, Completesports.com reports.

Manu Garba’s lads dominated possession in the game, but were once again let down by their profligacy in front of goal.


Wisdom Ubani and Ibraheem Jabaar all wasted good opportunities for the Golden Eaglets early in the game.


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They were made to pay for those misses when Andrea Capita put the Angolans ahead from a well placed header two minutes before the half hour mark.

Capita ran off the back of his marker, and planted a header from David Nzanza’s cross firmly past Sunday Stephen in goal for the Eaglets.

Nigeria responded almost immediately with Ubani firing home the leveller on the half hour mark.

Ubani controlled Olatomi Olaniyan’s cross and poked the ball beyond Angola goalkeeper Emiliano Francisco Cambila.

Zito scored the winning goal for Angola four minutes after the break.


A bursting run through the middle from centre-back Mimo opened up the Golden Eaglets’ defence with Zito firing into the roof of the net from the former’s pass.

Angola were reduced to 10-men in the 58th minute when Abrantes Potrificio was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Despite their numerical advantage, the Golden Eaglets failed to find the equalising goal.

The Golden Eaglets finished fourth the tournament, but have qualified to feature at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup as semi-finalists.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • PapaFem 2 years ago

    Time for reflection. We were humbled. But I trust Manu Garba to do a good job before WC. Wishing the team all the best.

  • Oakfield 2 years ago

    Looooool…. Where are those pitching manu garuba against rohr. In fact, I have to mention names. Chima samuels, I await your general assessment of this sorry team…. Lol…. U cant have a good team without the bulk of the team coming from the south east and south south. These class of people are so talented that any attempt to exclude them for whatever reasons would backfire. It happened to the u20 team and has happened yet again to the u17 team. Tribalism is a killer…..

    • Ewu Drey I remember the other day you were hailing the team I had to shut you up now you want to start the dance of shame. Ndiara son of a whore

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Hahahahaha….who is the ndiara here now…?
        You going to insult Mr A on Mr B’s post….is that not madness at its cresendo…? LMAO. Your own type of madness is that type that bubbles like hot akamu wey dey on top fire…LMAO.
        Thank you for finally sealing your reputation as the street dog of CSN forum.

        • If people are talking you this egbo smoker too is talking to me nna i don’t blame you. But them born you well use your full name here and location

    • I love this guy comment. Tribalism, nepotism, religious and money change hand killed the team. Come to South south and South East talents are there. God go humiliate them for rubishing Naija image.

    • daniel 2 years ago

      just look at chukwueze, they want him to play for U20 while the guy dey inform in spainish laliga, he plays with top players but useless Nigeria shift him to u20, lol, how old is mikael owen b4 he go world cup? black man sense full of curroption

  • K Baba 2 years ago

    lol i like how they are not winning all the junior championships as this shows we are using the right age group of players unlike before when we would win U17/U 21/ U23 all the time. Now it is time to really get the best legs for the world cup and further work on this young players development.

  • Edoman. 2 years ago

    I won’t say any more than l have said in my previous thread. l am tempted to add this however ,minimum investment, managed expectation, and total neglect if need be. This is my own opinion.

  • Igbekun Abo 2 years ago

    The team will be better at the world cup.

  • prince p 2 years ago

    we can’t win all the time all these development are for good, our team is not bad we dominate our opponents in most matches but since we Nigerians have undying desire for victory all the time I think the technical crew will work hard to reshuffle their teams both the u17 & the U20 bet me Nigeria will do better at the world cup proper long live naija

    • Proudly 9ja 2 years ago

      I agree totally with u. This team and d U20 will turn heads in Brazil and Poland respectively. We could even do d double, these boys will play on surfaces where soccer is meant to be played and the officiating would be better. We always struggle in Africa but when its d worldcup we are always a force to reckon with. Blif me of all the African countries that will be participating in this year’s u17 and u20, Nigeria will be d last African team standing. The likes of Cameroon, Guinea, Angola (U17) and SA, Mali, Senegal (u20) will be there just to make d numbers. Maybe Senegal and Mali may try but SA is just there as always to make d numbers. I have always clamoured for CAF to make an exception and give 9ja automatic qualification from CAF competitions as we always rep Africa well. Mind u I understand CAF wont do it but to me d other countries are 1st round exit teams imho. Proudly 9ja

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Keep mentioning names you think I am sad about us not winning the trophy? No because I see a lot of positives and I enjoy chances created Godwilling before the WC they will be ready to convert them just like before I prefer to win a WC than Afcon. As for the defence Oduko and co must be well drilled or replaced. Simon please stop calling people name Igbos are known for decency if you are one I dislike the way you use words then people will not take the views of one seriously if you keep calling people names. If Oak is same as Drey leave them and talk sports instead of insulting families you can attack me for this if you like. Shalom!

    • Oakfield 2 years ago

      Lol…. Your boy @simon seems to be uncultured. You really have a lot of work to do o. If not, na ur name dy at stake. Can u just imagine, an unwarranted attack from a nonentity.

      • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

        He is not my boy I never sent anyone to come and start creating nuisance here but it’s up some people here who will not learn to accept straight reality else this serial insult would have been avoided as I don’t know him from anywhere to come and back me by hauling strange insults on people at a point I got disgusted but couldn’t say a word so I don’t get such insults.

      • Oga na mi you Dey take shine. Nna no be all of ona fault. Ndiara

  • Many questions begging for answers for instance why is Akande not played to be cup tied are you saying he is not good enough?
    I believe Manu Garba is a good coach no doubt, but if he is to attain that next level of one of the best, he must do away with the one thing holding him back that is the idea of scouts watching his team and if any player gets into big team he benefit or gets the accolades.
    It’s same thing that happened at the u20 world cup he didn’t play his already Star players despite their experience and having signed by the best clubs. There’s no way anyone can convince me Akande does not deserved introduction at some point in this game or in the entire tournament. But in the end the bulk stops at the coach of the team.
    Manu Garba can be unprofessional a times not until he learns to be, he’ll forever be his own biggest downfall.

    • Many Garba is a failure, he did the same thing to Under 20 at the World Cup. I don’t think he deserved such coaching position.

      • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

        Kola and what about his world at u17? You forget too soon because of Afcon. Relax things will come good he will learn and deliver at WC

  • Wilson Oni 2 years ago

    It is the coach that has a lot of work to do. If a team creates a lot of scoring chances in a game and yet can’t score, then the finishing is faulty, both the coach and team psychologist need to work on the minds of the players and the coach work on the tactics.

  • Bishop 2 years ago

    This should be Garbas Last chance if he fails. So many suspicious observations. Akande not playing, team construction untypical

  • Saheed 2 years ago

    The outcome of results not worth cry expecially if those boys are play good football

    • @Saheed, no one is really pained about d result but the ludacris, selfish n obviously wicked intentions of those brainless self acclaimed coaches not to try out the other players. Those two English born players are Nigerian kids for crying out loud n haven made that sacrifice of travelling down, deserved to have game time. This just confirms that dropping Lateef Omidji was not for football reasons. Manu n Co has lost every respect. They are cheap n not worthy to be reckoned with. It only took the Angola Portuguese coach to play us once to devise how to beat us even with a man down a second time. That is what you call a progressive, well exposed tactician n not our irritating wetin we go chop bunch of coaches.

  • Israel Akinlawon 2 years ago

    You people should relax. Nigeria would perform much better at the world cup. Any time we win AFCON, we don’t do well at world stage. You would recall that similar things happened to Tella and Amunike teams. Amunike’s boys also finished 4th in Africa but at the world stage they exploded. I am sure the sudden dismissal of 5 key players from the team by MRI scan a week before the tournament really affected the team. By the time they go to world cup all grey areas would have been taken care of. This is an age grade competition and it is not all about winning at all times. What would be my greatest joy is seeing about 5-6 of the players graduating to the Super Eagles in the next 3-4 years and making us proud at the biggest stage. We should all celebrate the boys as probably te youngest set of U17 players Nigeria has ever assembled. Even-if we have not won the senior world cup, we should be proud of the fact that we have the best record at U17 level (5 titles, even 2 better than our closest rivals, Brazil). Naani, naani, naani, ohun a ni laa naani …” (meaning, let’s be proud of what we have). There is light at the end of the tunnel!

  • Alamin 2 years ago

    good comments from many of us here, those blaming or criticising the coach how quick have u forgotten(his achievement in previous tournament). Thank God you read the report by CSN they played well but they miss a lot of good chances so we should believe that d coach will surely will work on all weak arrears bf the WC we can’t win all d time so let stop all this nonsense critics. I am happy with ChiEma Samuel replys today the rest should stop using abusive word on others