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U-17 AFCON: Burkina Faso defeat Cameroon to book Nigeria last-8 meeting

Burkina Faso came from a goal down to defeat Cameroon 2-1 and book a quater-final vs Nigeria at the ongoing U-17 AFCON in Algeria.

The group C clash on Sunday May 7 was the last of the group stage. Both teams were in desperate search of a win to finish behind Mali in the group.

Burkina Faso were forced into a first half substitution when Ouedraogo came on to replace Bah as the two teams cancelled each others attempts in a drab half.

In the second half, Cameroon broke the deadlock through Yondjio M. With group stage elimination looming, Burkina Faso improved their game to get two-goals in ten minutes to turn the table on the Young Lions.

Alio Souleymane. scored in the 71st and 79th minute to put Burkina Faso 2-1 up and set-up a nervy final ten minutes.

Cameroon did push hard but Burkina Faso held on to send the defending champions out of the tournament.

2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations Champions Cameroon will join Somalia and Zambia on the exit lane of the 2023 edition.

For Brahima Troare`s Burkina Faso, a quater-final against two-time champions is next. The game will take place at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers on Thursday May 11, 2023.

Nigeria`s  Golden Eaglets finished as runners-up in group B, behind Morocco. The game against Burkina Faso will be a rematch of the WAFU Zone B Championship Final match. Coach Nduka Ugbade tutored Eaglets defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 to win the title in 2022.

The winner of the last-8 clash will secure one of four available tickets to the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup plus a place in the semi-finals of the 2023 U-17 AFCON.

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