FIFA U-17 World Cup reigning champions, the Golden Eaglets yesterday secured a semi final berth at the ongoing African U-17 championship and a ticket to the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup billed for Chile later in the year. The Eaglets achieved the feat after a 3-1 thumping of the Junior Chipolopolo of Zambia in their final group match of the tournament in Niger.
The victory will see Nigeria in Chile to defend the title she won at the 2013 world championship at the United Arab Emirates.
Victor Osimhen gave Nigeria the lead in the 35th minute, before Kelechi Nwakali doubled the lead the just before the break.
After the break Osimhen added a second, before Patson Daka pulled one back for Zambia
Nigeria finished top of Group A with 7 points, three clear of second placed Guinea that suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of hosts, Niger yesterday.
Despite the defeat, Guinea qualified for the semi final and a ticket to the World Cup as well.
Today, South Africa will take on Cameroon while Ivory Coast will face Mali for the remaining semi final berths.
Four teams will represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.