Nigeria’s chances of gracing the 2017 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations became narrowed yesterday, when the Golden Eaglets managed a slim 1-0 win over visiting Niger Republic at the Abuja National Stadium.
The team, which had to rebuild after 26 selected players failed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test conducted by CAF, wasted numerous scoring opportunities. They must either win or draw in Niamey in a fortnight to guarantee their qualification for the tournament billed for Madagascar.
Alagbe Oluwatob-iloba’s second half strike was decider of the game in which the Eaglets created chances but failed to make it count.
Niger held their own thanks to their more tactical discipline and paraded several decent players, but their attack lacked the bite to really trouble the home team.