Nigeria U17 Team Through To Semis Amid Huge Favour From Ivory Coast

The Baby Elephants toppled the Black Starlets on Tuesday to help the Golden Eaglets advance to the regional championships semi-finals

Nigeria advanced to the next round of the WAFU B U-17 tournament after Côte d'Ivoire beat Ghana 3-1 in the ongoing qualifying for the U17 Africa Cup of Nations in Lomé, Togo  .

The Golden Eaglets lost their first match at the tournament 1-0 to the Little Elephants and drew their second game 1-1 against the Starlets.

With one point to their name, the coach Fatai Amoo-led side faced elimination from the tournament unless Ivory Coast could beat Ghana by at least a two-goal margin.

And the Ivorians did the Nigerians a huge favour by out-witting and outclassing the Ghanaians, who would rue a string of missed chances especially in the second half.

Ivory Coast end the group stages as winners with a maximum of six points while Nigeria and Ghana boast a point apiece.

But the five-time world champions Nigeria advance in second place with a better goal difference of -1 to Ghana’s -2.

Nigeria next clash with Group A winners Burkina Faso, with the victor of that clash booking their spot at the African U-17 Cup of Nations to be hosted by Morocco later in the year.