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Cote D’Ivoire beat Nigeria again as Golden Eaglets bow to Baby Elephants

Months after the 2023 AFCON, Cote D’Ivoire beat Nigeria again to deny the Golden Eaglets a 2024 U-17 African Cup of Nations spot.

Five-time world champions Nigeria stumbled to a 1-0 loss against Cote D’Ivoire in the WAFU B U-17 Championship.

and three-time world champions Ghana were eliminated from the WAFU B U17 Championship at the semi-final stage on Saturday, with Burkina Faso getting the better of the host nation and the Baby Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.

In the second semi-final, rampaging Cote d’Ivoire scored through Youbah Coulibaly off a defensive mix-up by Nigeria in the 54th minute and that strike separated both teams at the University of Accra Stadium.

It was a tough battle for the Eaglets as the Baby Elephants showed greater composure and hunger for the final ticket, and goalkeeper Dominic Chinedu came to the Eaglets’ rescue on several occasions.

The result means that the Golden Eaglets have failed to qualify for next year’s Africa U17 Cup of Nations, where Africa’s flag-bearers at next year’s FIFA U17 World Cup finals will emerge.

In the other semi-final, Burkina Faso was the first team in the final after a 2-1 defeat of the Black Starlets of hosts Ghana.

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