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Nigeria Crash Out Of U-17 CAF Cup

Posted: Aug 21, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu
Lagos – The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will not have the opportunity to defend their FIFA World Cup after Niger Republic dumped them out of the race to qualify for the Africa U-17 Championship, which will also serve as qualifiers for the FIFA event.
This followed a 1-3 loss to Nigerien counterpart on Saturday after the Nigerians defeated their fellow West Africans 1-0 two weeks ago. The Golden Eaglets thus lost 2-3 on aggregate.
Niger took the lead before the Nigerians replied minutes later and hanged on to their score until the half time break.
Few minutes after the restart, the Nigeriens retook the lead via the penalty spot after they were awarded a spot kick by the referee.
Manu Garba and his boys failed to recover from going behind and conceded a third goal that saw them crash out of the qualifiers at the first hurdle.
Next year, Nigeria won’t be at the U-17 and U-20 Africa Youth Championship as well as the Africa Cup of Nations, further compounding the woes of the country’s football at the moment.