U17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets crash out, fail to qualify for World Cup


Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets were eliminated from the under-17 AFCON 2023 after losing 2-1 to Burkina Faso in the quarterfinals in Algiers.

As a result, the Golden Eaglets will not compete in the under-17 World Cup, which will be held later this year, with Burkina Faso rounding out the quartet of African countries.

Senegal, Mali, and Morocco are the other teams.

The Nigerians have their poor finishing skills and defensive blunders to blame for the result.

The Junior Stallions went into a 2-0 lead over the five-time world champions courtesy of Aboubacar Camara.

He first found the back of the net from a rebound just before half time before completing his brace on 57 minutes from the penalty spot after a goal-bound Burkinabe player was fouled inside the box.

Abubakar Abdullahi, however, pulled one back for Nigeria midway through the second half with a simple tap in giving the Eaglets a hope of comeback.

But it was not to be as the young Nigerians failed to convert any chance in front of goal to pull level.