African U17 qualifier: Golden Eaglets beat Mali

Golden Eaglets

The second leg will be played in Mali.

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria inched closer to qualification for next year’s Africa U17 Championship in Morocco as they secured a 2-0 win over their Malian counterparts in the first leg of the final round qualifying match at the UJ Esuene stadium on Sunday.

A goal in each half for the Nigerian team means qualification for next year’s Cadet Championship remains on track.

Wilfred Nididi scored the first goal for the Eaglets in the 25th minute as the Coach Manu Garba side took a slim lead into the break.

The victory nonetheless, the Eaglets who will have themselves to blame as they flounder away several scoring chances before Al Hassan Ibrahim doubled the lead with about 10 minutes left on the clock.

Ibrahim had a chance to score the third, minutes later, but like his other strike partners he did not make the best of the opportunity availed him

The Eaglets are seeking a return to the Cadet Championships after missing the last edition.

Meanwhile the Nigeria Football Federation have officially filed a protest to the Confederation of African Football as there are supposed doubts on the age of the tall Malians who were likened as the Goliath in this duel.

Sunday’s 2-0 scoreline is the smallest the Eaglets have scored since starting their campaign for a ticket at Morocco 2013. The team will travel to Bamako next month for the second leg which will be last hurdle for the team.

Before Sunday’s game the Eaglets had scored a whooping 17 goals conceding just once in the process.

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