The Golden Eaglets have qualified for the semi-finals of the West African Football Union B U-17 tournament at the expense of Ghana.
The Nigerian youngsters needed a favour from Cote d’Ivoire to reach the last four of the competition and they were duly obliged.
After drawing 1-1 with Ghana and losing 1-0 to Cote d’Ivoire in their three-team group, the Eaglets needed the young Elephants to beat the Black Starlets by at least a two-goal margin to advance.
Cote d’Ivoire did the favour, beating Ghana 3-1 in Tuesday’s final group match in Lome.
With the result, Cote d’Ivoire topped Group B with six points, while Nigeria finished second with one point, ahead of Ghana on goal difference.
The top two teams in Group B will meet the top two teams in Group A for places in Friday’s final.
Nigeria will face Burkina Faso, while Cote d’Ivoire will battle Niger Republic for the final and spots at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.
The regional competition in Togo serves as the qualifying tournament for the continental championship scheduled for Morocco in July.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup for 2021 has been cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
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