Eaglets fail to qualify for W’Cup as Burkina Faso win AFCON Q’final clash

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria failed to seal qualification for the FIFA U-17 World Cup after they were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Eaglets were beaten 2-1 by Burkina Faso in a quarter-final clash in Algiers on Thursday night.

The result means the Eaglets will not be at this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup billed to hold from 10 November to 2 December 2023 in a yet to be decided country.

Burkina Faso complete Africa’s representatives at the World Cup after Senegal, Mali and Morocco booked their tickets earlier by reaching the AFCON semifinals.

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Burkina Faso went 1-0 up in the 44th minute through Aboubakar Camara who scored following a poor clearance by Tochukwu Ogboji.

Camara went on to double the lead of the Burkinabes when he converted from the penalty spot in the 56th minute.

Abubakar Abdullahi then pulled a goal back for the Eaglets in the 68th minute which turned out to be a consolation strike as Burkina Faso held on to advance.

Nigeria had started the competition with a 1-0 victory over Zambia, losing 1-0 to Morocco in their second game before emerging winners of a five-goal thriller against South Africa in their final group game.

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