Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have qualified for the final of CAF U-17 African Championship after they defeated Tunisia 4-2 in the second semi final match played in Marrakech, Morocco Wednesday.
Three goals in the first half and another in the second half ensured that the Eaglets remain in contention for the trophy in the final against Ivory Coast on Saturday. Eaglets started brightly as Kelechi Iheanacho put Nigeria in the lead with just two minutes into the game. The Nigerian youngsters soon doubled their lead ten minutes later with Musa Yahaya getting the goal for Nigeria. Tunisia were forced to make an early change when Ben Salem replaced Jbeli in the 20th minute. One minute later, Golden Boots contender Isaac Success added another to make it three for Nigeria who have fancied a final against Ivory Coast, who defeated the Manu Garba led side 1-0 in the group stage.
Eaglets during a training session at the U-17 tournament in Morocco Tunisia pulled one back when Mohamed Firas Ben Larbi made good use of a chance to reduce the score in the 25th minute of play. That goal seemed to have fired up the North Africans as Hazem Haj Hassen free kick further narrowed the Eaglet’s lead as the first half ended 3-2. The second half was more competitive as the Tunisians tried hard to level scores but it was Nigeria that again found the back of the net in the 58th minute to seal the Eaglets’ place in the finals where they will face the Baby elephants of Ivory Coast. The third place match will be played on Saturday between Morocco and Tunisia