True to their promise, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets got their campaign back on track in the U17 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers with a 5-1 trouncing of Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday.
Football site allnigeriasoccer.com reports that the Golden Eaglets annihilated the Baby Elephants in a largely one sided cracker in Niamey to temporarily shoot to the top of the Group B with three points from two games.
Manu Garba’s wards displayed great soccer artistry and electrifying pace against the Ivorians who were clueless in Niamey.
As early as the tenth minute of play, the Nigerian team went two goals up courtesy of goals from Olakunle Olusegun and Olatomi Olaniyan before further goals from Hassan Hussain, Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi and Akinwunmi Amoo put the game beyond the reach of the Ivorians.
Ivory Coast pulled a goal back via the spot same method Nigeria profited from in scoring their fifth goal of the game in the encounter which was largely one sided as the Golden Eaglet imposed themselves from start to finish.
The result is a morale booster to the five-time World Champions who surprisingly lost 3-2 to Burkina Faso in the group opener on Monday.
A new format approved for the competition at the CAF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly which took place in Rabat 13 months ago means countries in each regional bloc gather in one country within the bloc to play a qualifying tournament, as against the old format of home-and-away qualifying series.
Only the winning team from each of the blocs (apart from the bloc of the defending champions that will produce two teams) will qualify for the final tournament, slated for Tanzania next year.