The Golden Eagletsvif Nigeria yesterday qualified for the semi-finals of the WAFU B U-17 tournament, thanks to Ivory Coast, who defeated Ghana 3-1 in their final Group B match in Togo.
Ghana’s loss meant they finished bottom of the group with one point, same as Nigeria, but with inferior goals difference, while Ivory Coast topped the group with maximum six points from two games in the pool that had only three countries.
Five-time world champions Eaglets will play Group A winners Burkina Faso in the semi-finals on Friday, with the Ivoirians taking on Niger for the other spot in the final.
The Ivoirians took the lead against the Ghanaians in the ninth minute through Arafat Doumbia, who then hit his second in the 49th minute to give his side a 2-0 lead.
Hosts Togo were thrown out of the tournament on Sunday after two of their players failed the mandatory MRI tests conducted by the tournament’s medical team.
With Togo’s results in the tournament annulled, Burkina Faso soared to the top of Group A, and will be battling the Eaglets in the first semi finals from 6pm Nigerian time on Friday.
On the same night, Group B winners Ivory Coast will take on Niger Republic from 9pm Nigerian time.
Winners of the semi-finals will, aside qualifying for the final on January 20, also qualify for the U-17 AFCON which will hold from March 13 to 31 in Morocco.