Golden Eaglets Off To Tanzania For U17 AFCON

 

 

Five-time world champions, Nigeria have left the country for Tanzania to feature in the 13th Africa U17 Cup of Nations scheduled for 14th – 28th April 2019.

Players and officials were seen off at the airport by Acting President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who charged them to do the nation proud by lifting the U17 AFCON trophy in Dar es Salaam.

The Golden Eaglets booked their place at the championship after winning the WAFU B U17 Tournament in the Niger Republic in September last year and will be aiming to be one of Africa’s four flag-bearers at the FIFA U17 World Cup finals now scheduled for Brazil later this year.

Nigeria, Africa’s U17 football powerhouse, edged fellow juggernauts Ghana on penalties in Niamey to secure their slot in Tanzania, and are in the same Group A as hosts Tanzania, Uganda, and Angola.

Tanzania made their way into the draw automatically as hosts, while Uganda won the Central East zonal finals held in Tanzania in August last year, and Angola triumphed at the COSAFA U17 Tournament in Mauritius a month earlier.

Nigeria is making her 9th appearance in this competition, having won it twice previously (Seychelles 2001 and Togo 2007), while Tanzania is making a second appearance. Angola is making a fourth appearance, but it is a first-ever appearance at this level for Uganda.

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Cameroon, Guinea, Senegal, and Morocco make up Group B. Both Cameroon and Guinea are appearing for the 7th time at the U17 AFCON, while Morocco and Senegal are both appearing for the second time.

The Eaglets will take on their Tanzanian counterparts in Sunday’s tournament opener at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam. An interesting variable in Sunday’s equation is the fact that Nigeria legend Emmanuel Amuneke, who is head coach of the Tanzania National Team, Taifa Stars (and recently qualified the Stars for a first-ever AFCON finals after 39 years) also oversees the other National Teams of Tanzania and would be involved in their technical preparation.

Amuneke is highly familiar with the Nigeria bench, which has Manu Garba as head coach and Nduka Ugbade as one of the assistants. When Manu Garba led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for the fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, Amuneke and Ugbade were his assistants.

Two years later, in Chile, Amuneke was the head coach as Nigeria won a fifth title at that level.

After Sunday’s encounter, the Eaglets will tackle Angola on Wednesday, 17th April and confront Uganda on Saturday, 20th April.

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NFF Doubles Golden Eaglets Bonus

[highlight]The Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] has decided to double the winning bonus of the golden eaglets to ensure that the team beat Congo on Saturday and qualify for the FIFA U-17 world cup.[/highlight]

“Beat Congo this weekend; qualify for the FIFA U-17 World cup and get $1,000 as bonus” this is the promise of the Nigeria Football Federation to the golden eaglets

NFF’s head of competitions Sanusi Mohammed said the gesture is to motivate the boys to secure victory in their final group b encounter against Congo at the CAF U-17 championship in Morocco.

Nigeria only need a win to secure a place in the semi-final of the biennial showpiece as well as book a ticket to FIFA U-17 world cup in the U.A.E later this year.

Cote d’Ivoire leads group b with four points, followed by Nigeria with three points.  Congo is on two points, while Ghana is bottom with a point.

U-17: Cote d’Ivoire’s Late Winner Shocks Nigeria

Despite Nigeria’s youngsters’ domination of the game, the Under-17 Eaglets are still finding it hard to push down the vent as Ivorian Anderson Niangbo’s scored a late goal mauled Nigeria with a shocking 1-0 defeat in the second group match of the CAF Under-17 Championship.

Passing as Eaglets first loss in both competitive and friendly games, the U-17 Eaglets will now have to wait to face Congo their final group match opponents to ensure qualification.

With an iron-clad defence, the Nigerian youngsters found it difficult to break the rank of the defence as they go from first half to the second half where the damage was done where Cote d Ivoire capitalised on Nigeria’s error to produce a goal which eventually passed as a sealer in the game.

Nigerian boys change tactics as they went on a rampageous attack in a bid to secure a goal but the tactics backfired as Côte d’Ivoire launched a long one from their end to put out a counter attack and goalkeeper Adewale was caught unaware as he calculated wrongly with the ensuing lob. Ahissan of Cote d Ivoire held on to the ball and gave Niangbo a well laid pass to latch home the only goal of the game.

Eaglets qualify for African Junior Championship

Nigeria U-17 team the Golden Eaglets earlier today defeated Guinea 4-nil in Conakry to qualify for the next round of the African Junior Championship on a 7-nil aggregate.

The Eaglets won the first leg qualifier 3-nil in Calabar a fortnight ago. The Eaglets led 2-nil in the first half with goals from Alhassan Ibrahim and Isaac Success.

Success scored again in the second half to complete his brace with goal scorer Ibrahim and Ifeanyi Matthew outstanding for the visiting Nigerians.

They so far scored 17 goals and conceded only a goal in their qualifying race. The African junior championship will be staged in Morocco in April.

Eaglets beat Junior Mena of Niger 6-0

Nigeria’s U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets has qualified for the next round of the U-17 African championship after beating Niger team the Junior Mena on a 10-1 aggregate in second leg which saw the Eaglets wallop the Nigeriens 6-0 on Saturday.

Nduka Ugbade, the Assistant coach of the Under 17 team could not hide his happiness on the performance of his team.

Ifeanyi Matthew, Izu Omego, Musa Mohammed, Musa Yahaya scored a goal each as Isaac Success terrorised Niger’s Junior Mena every time the Eaglets go forward during Saturday’s game at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

The next opponent of the Nigerian team is Guinea and the Golden Eaglets will be playing hosts to the first leg on the weekend of October 12, 13 and 14 and the return leg will hold on October 26, 27 and 28 in Conakry, Guinea.

The first leg game of the Under17 African championship qualifying was played in Niamey where Eaglets triumphed with a 4-1 score line.