- Nigeria'pipped Ghana 3-1 to pick the sole ticket from WAFU Zone B for 2019 U-17 AFCON in Tanzania
- Ghana scored first during the final match but Nigeria pulled level minutes after going down
-The encounter was decided on penalty kicks after both sides failed to get the winner in regulation time
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets defeated their Ghanaian counterpart 3-1 on penalties in Niamey, Niger Republic, in the final match of WAFU Zone B Championship on Saturday, September 15, 2018.
The result see the Manu Garba tutored-Eaglets emerge the zone sole representatives for the 2019 U-17 AFCON slated to hold in Tanzania next year.
The decent show sees the Manu Garba tutored-Eaglets emerge the zone sole representatives during the U17 AFCON slated to hold in Tanzania next year.
In their route to the final, the Eaglets defeated their counterpart from Ivory Coast and hosts nation, Niger Republic in their last two fixtures before Saturday’s evening’s victory
After a barren first half, Ghana Black starlets opened the scoring in the 54th minute after much pressure on Nigeria;s defence line.
However, Eaglets forward Akinkunmi Amoo leveled scores for Nigeria 13 minutes after Ghana took the lead.
After both sides failed to net the much-need winner, in the remaining minutes, the encounter was decided by the dreaded penalty kick.
At the end of the of the shoot-out, Amoo who netted during the game, failed to score his spot kick but Ishaya, Tijani and Ibrahim all netted for Nigeria as Ghana's Issaaku also from the spot while Eaglets goalkeeper, John Amah stop Agyapong spot-kick to seal victory for Nigeria.
The Golden Eaglets are expected to fly Nigeria’s flag during the 2019 U-17 African Cup of Nations tournament scheduled to hold in Tanzania.
Interestingly, Nigeria's Golden Eaglets have won six out of the eight matches with Ghana's Black Starlets winning just two of the eight clashes.
Below is the list of the matches:
1987: Ghana 1-0 Nigeria, Nigeria 1-0 Ghana
1993 Final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Ghana 1-2 Nigeria
1995 Ghana 3-1 Nigeria in the final
1999 Ghana 1-2 Nigeria
2009 Nigeria 2-0 Ghana
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Nigeria U17 national team revived their hopes of qualifying for the U17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tanzania with a convincing 5-1 victory over their counterparts from Ivory Coast.
A goal each from Olakunle Olusegun, Olatomi Olaniyan, Hassan Hussain, Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi and Akinwunmi Amoo handed the Golden Eaglets their first win at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey.
Coach Manu Garba's boys got their qualification campaign off to a losing start following their 3-2 defeat to Burkina Faso earlier this week.
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