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U17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets crash out, fail to qualify for World Cup

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets crashed out of the U-17 AFCON 2023 after falling 2-1 to Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals in Algiers.

Failure of the Golden Eaglets to progress into the semi-final meant Nigeria won’t feature in the U-17 World Cup that would take place between November 10-December 2, 2023.

Burkina Faso completed the quartet of teams to represent Africa in the tournament. The other teams are Senegal, Mali, and Morocco.

The Nigerians have their poor finishing skills and defensive blunders to blame for the result.

The Junior Stallions went into a 2-0 lead over the five-time world champions courtesy of Aboubacar Camara.

He first found the back of the net from a rebound just before halftime before completing his brace in 57 minutes from the penalty spot after a goal-bound Burkinabe player was fouled inside the box.

Abubakar Abdullahi, however, pulled one back for the Golden Eaglets midway through the second half with a simple tap in giving the Eaglets a hope of comeback.

But it was not to be as the young Nigerians failed to convert any chance in front of goal to pull level.

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