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Unlucky Golden Eaglets Lose WAFU U-17 Cup To Cote d’ Ivoire

  Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets on Monday came close to producing a stunning comeback from three goals down before losing 2-3 to their Ivorian counterparts in … Continue reading Unlucky Golden Eaglets Lose WAFU U-17 Cup To Cote d’ Ivoire


A file photo of Golden Eaglets players representing Nigeria at the ongoing WAFU U-17 Cup tournament in Lome, Togo.
A file photo of Golden Eaglets players representing Nigeria at the ongoing WAFU U-17 Cup tournament in Lome, Togo.

 

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets on Monday came close to producing a stunning comeback from three goals down before losing 2-3 to their Ivorian counterparts in the final of the WAFU U-17 Cup tournament in Lome, Togo.

The impressive Baby Elephants, who had won all their previous three games in the tournament (1-0 over Nigeria; 3-1 over Ghana and; 1-0 over Niger Republic), raced to a 1-0 first-half lead and then added two more before the 70th minute, leaving five-time world champions Nigeria miserable and looking out for ways to get back into the game.

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However, the Eaglets pulled themselves together and scored two quick goals late in the game to earn a respectable result, as both teams proudly picked tickets to the 2021 Africa U17 Cup of Nations scheduled for Morocco from 13th -31st March.

In the third-place match fixture, Burkina Faso’s Baby Etalons, who lost 0-1 to Nigeria in the semi-finals, grabbed the tournament’s bronze medal after an 11-10 penalty shoot-out win over Niger Republic following 1-1 draw.

The Golden Eaglets’ contingent is expected back in the country today.