WAFU B U17: Golden Eaglets Are Ready For Cote D’Ivoire Clash, Says Ugbade

A file photo of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets during a training session.


Golden Eaglets Head Coach, Nduka Ugbade, has given an assurance that his team will give their best against their Ivorian counterparts in Tuesday’s first semi-final match of the ongoing WAFU B U17 Championship in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Both teams will clash at the 15,000 –capacity stadium at 3pm Ghana time (4pm Nigeria time) before the second semi-final between hosts Ghana and Burkina Faso at the same venue.

“The match against Cote d’Ivoire is of high importance to us,” said Ugbade. “In fact, I have reminded the players that this one is the biggest match of their lives.

“They must win to secure a ticket to the U17 Africa Cup of Nations, and from there to the U17 World Cup, and from there to several opportunities and possibilities. Whatever we have done here (beating Ghana and Togo) will not mean much if we don’t go all out and grab our ticket to the AFCON and to the Final. We will throw everything into the fray.”

The Eaglets, five-time world champions, thrashed Ghana’s Black Starlets 4-2 in the tournament’s opener and then eased past Togo’s Young Sparrowhawks 3-1 to finish as Group A winners. The Ivorians finished as runners-up of Group B, dominated by Burkina Faso’s Young Etalons.

Victory in Tuesday’s encounter will send the Eaglets into the final and with an opportunity to reclaim the WAFU B U17 title they won in Niamey, Niger Republic four years ago.

It also provides the Nigerian youngsters a revenge platform against the Ivorians, who defeated them in the final of the same competition in Lome early last year.

Both Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire qualified for the Africa U17 Cup of Nations from that tournament but the event was cancelled as hosts Morocco developed cold feet with the COVID-19 pandemic still biting in some countries.

WAFU B U17 Tourney: Golden Eaglets Shoot Down Ghana’s Black Starlets In Cape Coast

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets


Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets were imperious as they dominated and eventually overpowered hosts Ghana 4-2 on Saturday in the opening match of this year’s WAFU B U17 Championship taking place in Cape Coast, Ghana.

The five-time world champions started off from where the country’s U20 Boys, Flying Eagles left off against Ghana’s Black Satellites at the WAFU B U20 Championship in Niger Republic last month, where the wards of Coach Ladan Bosso hammered their Ghanaian counterparts in the opening match on their way to the title.

Wing back Emmanuel Michael set the Golden Eaglets on the way with a ferocious free-kick from some 23 yards in the 12th minute, which the Ghanaian goalkeeper, Ahmed Amadu Dembaram, had no answer to.

Nigeria doubled the lead just a minute before half time through forward Precious Tonye Williams, ensuring they went into recess on the ascendancy against the host nation in the coastal town.

Nigeria’s advantage was extended further in the 51st minute by Jubril Opeyemi Azeez, but the Starlets reduced the deficit seven minutes later when substitute Abdul Razak Salifu got the better of goalkeeper Richard Odoh.

The Eaglets would not relent and in the 77th minute, midfielder Ebube Wisdom Okere netted to make it 4-1 for Nigeria.

A momentary loss of concentration in the vital area led to Nigeria conceding a penalty with two minutes to the end, which was put away and cut Nigeria’s advantage to two goals.

With the victory, the Eaglets top Group A of the championship ahead of their clash with Togo on Tuesday. Victory over the Togolese will guarantee Nigeria a spot in the tournament semi finals.

Group B is made up of Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic.

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.


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.



Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Qualify For WAFU Cup Semis

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


Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have qualified for the semi-finals of the WAFU U-17 Cup tournament taking place in Lome, Togo.

The five-time world champions advanced to the next round on Tuesday after Group B leaders – Cote d’Ivoire thrashed the Black Starlets of Ghana 3-1 at the city’s Stade Municipal.

Nigeria, who lost by the odd goal to the Ivorians on the opening day of the competition and were forced to a 1-1 draw by the Starlets at the weekend, needed a favour from the Ivorians to progress to the knockout stage.

The Baby Elephants raced into the lead after only nine minutes and consolidated at 2-0 as the match wore on.

But the Starlets, who are also two-time champions of the world, pegged back their neighbours to leave Nigeria’s chances on the wire.

The Eaglets and their Ghanaian counterparts had both scored through penalty kicks on Saturday.

It was the time for the Ivorians to benefit, as they netted from six yards with 20 minutes to go to make it a commanding 3-1 win.

Nigeria will now take on Burkina Faso, another youth football powerhouse, in the semi-finals slated for Friday at Togo’s main stadium, Stade Kegue.

Hosts Togo were thrown out of the tournament on Sunday after two of their players failed the mandatory MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) tests conducted by the tournament’s medical team.

With Togo’s results in the tournament annulled, Burkina Faso rose to the top of Group A and would take on the Eaglets at the Stade Kegue in the first semi-finals by 6pm (local time).

The same night, Group B winners Cote d’Ivoire will take on the Niger Republic by 9pm (Nigerian time).

The winners of the semi-finals will battle for the trophy on Wednesday next week at the Stade Kegue, and also book a place at the CAF U-17 Cup of Nations scheduled for March 13 – 31 in Morocco.

Golden Eaglets Depart Nigeria For WAFU B U-17 Tournament

File photo of the Golden Eaglets departing Nigeria for Lome ahead of the West African Football Union (WAFU B) U17 Tournament taking place in Lome, Togo on January 5, 2021.


Nigeria’s U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets have left the country for the West African Football Union (WAFU B) U17 Tournament taking place in Lome, Togo from 5th  – 20th January 2021.

The five-time world champions Nigeria and three-time world champions Ghana will headline the seven-team that will feature at the competition which serves as a qualifying process for this year’s CAF U17 Cup of Nations taking place in Morocco.

Pedigree, pride and career aspiration aside, the Eaglets are sure to derive some kind of vicarious motivation from the below-par outing of the Nigeria U20 Boys at the WAFU B U20 Tournament in Benin Republic last month.

Nigeria conquered the world in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015, and alongside Ghana have dominated cadet football on the African continent, with Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to be reckoned with as well on the basis of investment and focus on youth development.

The Eaglets’ first encounter in Lome will be against the Ivorians, at the Stade Municipal on Wednesday from 4pm, and should serve as a pointer to how much the Eaglets are keen to conquer Africa again.

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On Saturday at the same venue, they clash with Ghana’s Black Starlets in a potentially explosive encounter between two teams with eight world titles between them.

Hosts Togo will open the two-week tournament against the Niger Republic at the Stade Kegue on Tuesday, hours before Group A’s other teams the Benin Republic and Burkina Faso clash at the same venue. Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire make up the three-team Group B.


Goalkeepers: Destiny Emuwahen; Abdulbasit Abbas: Saheed Jimoh

Defenders: Victor Udoh; Joseph Kuteyi; Chukwuemeka Egbu; Philip Titiloye; Oludapo Akintola; Emmanuel John

Midfielders: Benjamin Mustapha; Oluwatomiwa Kolawole; Rabiu Ahmed; Samuel Akere; Vince Osuji; Haruna Hassan

Wingers/Forwards: Michael Emmanuel; Gideon Atoyebi; Samson Ogunmola; Christian Nwachukwu; Peter Asuquo; Basheet Hamzat; Ahmed Abdullahi; Abdullahi Bewene; Joseph Arumala, Stanley Iheanacho

Flying Eagles, Golden Eaglets Face Tough Opposition Enroute WAFU Tournaments


Nigeria’s U-20 and U-17 teams have been presented with tough tasks in the qualifying routes for next year’s youth continental championships.

At the draw ceremony, seven-time African champions, Flying Eagles of Nigeria were drawn in the same Group B with Ghana’s Black Satellites and the Junior Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire for the WAFU B U20 Tournament scheduled for 18th November – 2nd December in Togo.

Hosts Togo, Niger Republic, Benin Republic and Burkina Faso will battle it out in Group A, the champion team will qualify to represent the zone at the 2021 U20 Africa Cup of Nations that will take place in Mauritania.

Also, the WAFU B secretariat has concluded the draw for the U-17 championship holding in Benin Republic in December.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, champions of Africa in 2001 and 2007, and five-time world champions, will contend with the Black Starlets of Ghana and the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire also in Group B.

The tournament action will take place from 5th – 20th December 2020.

Group A has hosts Benin Republic, Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and Togo. The winner of the tournament will represent the zone at the 2021 U17 Africa Cup of Nations that will take place in Morocco in the month of March.

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U-17 World Cup: Golden Eaglets Set For Netherlands Challenge

Photo: NFF Twitter Handle


Five-time world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have been tipped as favourites when they confront Netherlands in Tuesday’s Round of 16 clashes at the FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Golden Eaglets topped their Group B table after winning two matches (defeated Hungary 4-2 and Ecuador 3-2) and losing one (1-2 to Australia). Victories over Hungary and Ecuador were obtained at the Estadio Olimpico while the loss to Australia was in Brasilia.

Now, the Nigerian youngsters are back at the familiar surroundings of Estadio Olimpico and are determined to go all out for victory against the Dutch on Tuesday night.

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Nigeria forward Ibrahim Sa’id is the only player to have scored a hat-trick at the tournament, and team captain Samson Tijani has also weighed in with two goals – both against Hungary in a tough-as-nails opener. Olakunle Olusegun, Akinkunmi Amoo, and Wisdom Ubani are yet to be among the goals and look forward to the game against the Dutch to make their mark.

Head Coach Manu Garba told the world media in Brazil that the will to win is part of Nigeria’s DNA, and the Class of 2019 is no exception. However, his Eaglets must overcome the disappointment of the unexpected loss to Australia in their final group game, and seize the encounter with the Dutch by the scruff rather than wait for any comeback performance.

“We will look to have the initiative from the beginning against the Netherlands. This is the knockout stage and falling behind at any stage could be tricky,” admitted captain Tijani.

The match will kick-off at 8pm Brazil time (midnight in Nigeria).


 Tuesday: Angola Vs Korea Republic; Nigeria Vs the Netherlands

 Wednesday: Japan Vs Mexico; Spain Vs Senegal; Brazil Vs Chile; France Vs Australia

Thursday: Ecuador Vs Italy; Paraguay Vs Argentina

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Fight Back To Beat Ecuador

Golden Eaglets celebrate one of their goals against Ecuador during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Brazil on October 29, 2019. [email protected]



Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have maintained their perfect start at the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament ongoing in Brazil.

The team continued their winning streak on Tuesday night in Goiania with a brilliant fightback against Ecuador in the second Group B match of the competition.

The fascinating match began with a superb performance from Ibrahim Sa’id who netted the opener for the five-time champions just five minutes after kickoff.

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Moments later, defender Daniel Jinadu made a mistake which led to an own goal against Nigeria as Ecuador grabbed an equaliser and sustained it till the end of the first half.

Barely 10 minutes after the restart, the Eaglets got committed a foul in the box-18 while Johan Mina set the South American side on the lead with a goal from the penalty spot.

Nigeria’s Ibrahim Sa’id celebrates after the Golden Eaglets beat Ecuador on October 29, 2019. Photo: [email protected]



However, Nigeria’s hopes of winning were revived again when Sa’id scored an equaliser in the eighty-fifth minute and reclaimed the lead for the Eaglets four minutes later.

With Saíd’s hat-trick, Nigeria sit top of Group B with six points while Ecuador are second with three points.

On the other hand, Hungary and Australia, who will meet on Wednesday, are third and fourth on the table.

The Eaglets beat Hungary 4-2 in the opening match while Ecuador defeated Australia 2-1.

‘I Am Very Proud Of You’, Buhari Congratulates Golden Eaglets

President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting with APC governors at the State House in Abuja on September 13, 2019.


President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria for a fantastic beginning in the group opening match of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2019.

Nigeria Under-17 football team opened Brazil 2019 with a 4-2 win over Hungary, signaling their readiness to win the FIFA Championship for an unprecedented sixth time.

In a message to the team after the spectacular performance on Saturday night, President Buhari praised the boys for the determination to excel which they displayed throughout the match despite the brilliant performance of their opponents.

“It was a wonderful display that I am very proud of. You showed that there is nothing that cannot be achieved with determination and perseverance.

“I have followed your journey leading to your arrival in Brazil for the competition. I have equally noted your determination and confidence throughout your preparations.

“I have no doubt in my mind that you are determined to win the competition for an unparalleled sixth time,” the president said in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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Speaking further, he assured them of his continuing personal support and that of Nigerians for the entire period of the tournament.

The President also urged the team to continue demonstrating the resilient spirit of the Nigerian, and bring the cup home, adding that he will personally be monitoring their progress in the tournament.

President Buhari equally congratulated the handlers of the team, urging them to be sensitive to the needs of the youngsters in their burning desire to bring victory and honour to their fatherland.

Nigeria Beat Hungary 4-2 In FIFA U17 World Cup


The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have begun their campaign for a record sixth title at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup on a winning note.

The five-time champions fought from a goal down to beat Hungary 4-2 in their opening Group B game played at the Olympic Stadium in Goiana.

Hungary looked to be holding on to their 2-1 lead from the first half before Usman Ibrahim drew Nigeria level in the 79th minute.

Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi put the Eaglets in front for the very first time when he nodded home from the far post.

Skipper, Samson Tijani, completed a superb comeback with a wonderfully crafted free-kick five minutes from time.

The Golden Eaglets will face Ecuador on Tuesday, October 29 in the same venue.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Nigeria Battle Hungary In Opener

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The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will tackle Hungary in the opening game in Group B of the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in Brazil.

The five – time world champions touched down in Goiania on Tuesday from Sao Paulo, the city they had their training tour and the team swung into action with training session in preparation for the class against the East European side.

Coach Manu Garba and his assistants have restated their determination to ensure a successful outing and making sure that no stone is left unturned as they continue to impart tactical and technical knowledge to the players ahead of the game against Hungary.

Garba who described the Hungary tie is very important tie said that “winning the opening game is crucial in building the confidence level in the team.”

“We are looking forward to the game against Hungary with great expectations of having a good game and winning the maximum points at stake,” he stated.

Speaking further, he said: “Any team from Europe that qualified for a tournament like this, must definately be a good side, but we will approach the game with every seriousness it deserves to give Nigerians back home something positive to cheer at the end of 90 minutes.”

Both teams are not new to each other as the Golden Eaglets defeated Hungary 3-1 at the quarter – final stage of the maiden edition of the tournament in 1985 enroute to becoming the first country to win the tournament, after the team defeated Germany 2-0 in the final.

The quest for the Eaglets to conquer the world again begin in few hours time and dispatching Hungary will indeed be a strong display of intent towards winning a sixth world title, after victories in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015.

Nigeria will also play Ecuador and Australia in the group phase.