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WAFU B U17 Championship: Eaglets cruise into semi-finals, to face Baby Elephants

Posted : 23 May 2024

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets sailed into the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU B U17 Championship in Ghana with a 3-0 victory over Togo’s Baby Sparrow Hawks, catapulting them to the top of Group B and setting the stage for a last-four confrontation with the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.

The match, which was scheduled for Wednesday evening, was postponed to Thursday morning after the venue became waterlogged following a heavy downpour.

Forward Abdulmuiz Adeleke came up big in the morning encounter with a brace, while Rapha Adams did not harm his rising reputation with his second goal of the tournament.

Adeleke missed an opportunity to put Nigeria ahead in the 6th minute but made no mistake five minutes later with an assist from Abdulmuiz Oladimeji, burdening a Togolese side that had lost its previous two games in the championship.

Adams, scorer of the lone goal that earned the five-time world champions all three points against Niger Republic on Sunday, came close in the 20th minute off a pass from Oladimeji, but his shot missed the target.

The forward would make no mistake 15 minutes later, nodding home a sublime cross from captain Simon Cletus.

Adeleke got his brace and Nigeria’s third goal in the 57th minute, again assisted by captain Cletus.

The forward should have completed a hat-trick but missed a penalty kick awarded to the Eaglets in the 68th minute.

Nigeria’s Edward Ochigbo was selected as the Player of the Match.

Victory meant the Golden Eaglets finished as Group B winners, following Burkina Faso’s 1-0 defeat of Niger Republic in the other match of the pool.

Nigeria will now clash with Cote d’Ivoire in the second semi-final on Saturday evening (7pm Nigeria time), after the first semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso.


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