April 27, 2019

Eaglets crash again, lose bronze medal match to Angola

Nigeria finished outside the medals’ zone after losing 1-2 to  Angola in the third-place match of the 13th Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania on Saturday. The Golden Eaglets, however, kept their ticket to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

Golden Eaglets

Golden Eaglets

The technical crew of the five–time world champions must be quite worried how the Eaglets’ scorecard showed a steady decline in the tournament. First they narrowly edged a nine-goal thriller (against Tanzania); won by a goal from the spot (against Angola); came from behind to draw (against Uganda); lost on penalty shoot-out (against Guinea) and; then lost in regulation time (against Angola).

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It is an unflattering output at a continental championship for a country that has won the world title five times, and the team has, sincerely, not done enough to justify the support of the Nigeria Football Federation and the confidence of Nigerian ball fans.

It was always going to end this way for a team that wastes opportunities without blinking, and despite creating another basketful of chances, and playing against a team with one man down for 34 minutes (after Porfirio Abrantes got a second yellow card), the Manu Garba-tutored team led failed to make hay.

Cameroon and Guinea will contest today’s final in Dar es Salaam.