The Nigeria U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, will be absent at the next U-17 Africa Cup of Nations after they were beaten by Niger Republic on Saturday.
The Eaglets, who won the first leg 1-0 in Abuja, could not keep their slim advantage in Niamey.
The Coach Manu Garba tutored side were beaten 3-1 by their hosts; hence they will not participate in the African Championship let alone have the opportunity to defend their title at the next FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Nigeria is the most successful team in the world in the U-17 cadre with five titles but surprisingly it could not navigate past Niger in the African qualifiers.
The latest setback for the Eaglets has seen Nigeria football hit an all time low.
This is the first time in the country’s history that Nigeria won’t be part of all AFCON tournaments at all levels.
The Super Eagles won’t be in Gabon 2017.
The Flying Eagles were denied qualification in the U-20 cadre by Sudan.
Now, the U-17 are the latest victims.
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