Golden Eaglets Qualify For AFCON, Defeat Ghana 3-1 On Penalties


Golden Eaglets beat Ghana 3-1 on penalties in final

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria beat Ghana to pick the solitary ticket to represent the zone at the 2019 U-17 AFCON.

The Golden Eaglets needed penalties to beat the Black Starlets in the final.The 2018 WAFU Zone B U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers played on Saturday, September 15.

The Golden Eaglets beat host Niger Republic 2-1 in the semifinal while Ghana who defeated Cote D’ Ivoire in the other fixture to set up a final between the west African rivals.The Golden Eaglets could not break down the Black Starlets in 90 minutes.

The Golden Eaglets were forced to begin the opening minutes of the first half trying not to concede at the Ghanians attacked and were rewarded with two corner kicks.Akinwumi Amoo and Olakunle Olusegun the chief tormentors for the Golden Eaglets and almost combined to give Nigeria the lead before the end of the first half.

The Golden Eaglets had to come from behind to beat their Ghanaian counterparts.

After a very close first half, Manu Garba’s side started the second half on the front foot, however it was the Black Starlets that broke the deadlock in the 54th minute.

The Golden Eaglets responded almost immediately as Amoo scored the equaliser after some fine play in midfield.

The Golden Eaglets missed only one penalty while Ghana missed three.

David Ishaya scored Nigeria’s first penalty as Ghana hit the cross bar.Captain Samson Tijani scored the second for Nigeria as Ghana also converted.

By defeating the Black Starlets in the final of the WAFU Zone B, the Golden Eaglets get ticket to represent the zone at the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to hold in Tanzania.