The Golden Eaglets on Tuesday advanced to the final of the WAFU U-17 Championship at Cape Coast stadium with a 3-1 win over the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.
All Nigeria Soccer here presents the five things noted from the match.
The Golden Eaglets were initially in the game subdued by the physical approach of their opponents. The Ivorians were also theatrical of time wasting.
No focal point for Ivory Coast
The Ivorians were dangerous from the flanks but would have created more problems for the Nigerians if they had a striker that worried the duo of Jeremiah Olaleke and Miracle Ogwor.
Discipline counted against Junior Elephants
The ten-man Ivorian side showed disciplinary issues and surely affected them.
The captain got himself yellow carded for his reaction to the second yellow card to Makhete N’Diaye.
The numerical advantage counted for Nigeria.
Emmanuel Michael deserves Championship’s MVP
Left-back Emmanuel Michael has now scored three free-kick goals, with two coming in the game against Cote d’Ivoire.
Already a star in the making, the youngster was Man of the Match and deserves to be awarded the overall best player in Cape Coast.
Goldn Eaglets must retain possession better
The Eaglets coached by Nduka Ugbade improved as the game went on but they must improve their ball retention and game management.
They gave away the ball away and it put them under enormous pressure.