Eaglets Secure 2023 U-17 AFCON Ticket After Comeback Win

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The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have qualified for next year’s U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria, after defeating Côte d’Ivoire 3-1 in the first semi-final of the WAFU B tournament in Ghana, Completesports.com reports.

Two well taken free-kicks from Emmanuel Michael in the first half and a second half header off Abdullahi Idris, earned coach Nduka Ugbade and his side their third consecutive win at the regional tournament.

Michael has now netted three free-kicks at the ongoing tournament.

The Eaglets will now face either Ghana or Burkina Faso in the final billed for Friday, 24 June.

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The Eaglets got off to a poor start as Côte d’Ivoire opened scoring in the second minute from the penalty spot through Yan Diomandi.

Following a clumsy tackle on Diomandi inside the box, the referee pointed to the spot with the scorer sending the Eaglets keeper the wrong way.

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In the 31st minute the Eaglets equalized thanks to a free-kick from Michael, whose effort close to the corner flag slipped past the Ivorian keeper.

Michael then made it 2-1 on 43 minutes from another free-kick this time from a central position, which beat the Ivorian wall before nestling into the back of the net.

Idris then made it 3-1 in the 61st minute as he rose highest to head in a swung in free-kick with the keeper stranded.

With 13 minutes left the Eaglets were awarded another free-kick but this time Michael’s attempt went narrowly wide.

In the 86th minute a beautiful team play from the Eaglets set up Precious Williams with a clear chance, but his effort went inches off target.

By James Agberebi

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