Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets and Benin would meet face-to-face in a competitive U-17 match for the first time in six years in the semi-finals of WAFU B Tournament at the Stade Municipal in Togo on Friday.
The Nigeria-Benin clash would kick off at 3:00 pm local time (4:00pm Nigerian time) to be followed immediately with the game between hosts Togo and Mali in the other semi-final at the same venue.
The winners of both clashes would meet in Sunday’s finale while losers contest for
the third place match.
The Golden Eaglets are the only team at the tournament with a hundred percent record so far and Coach Emmanuel Amuneke remains upbeat that his team would continue with their winning streak.
“It is our objective to win all our matches here and gradually, we are working towards our target”, the former Barcelona’s winger said. “I’m impressed about the performance of the boys so far and I keep reminding them that nobody is going to dash them victory as such, we
would keep working hard to win this tournament”.
Indeed, there would be plenty to play for between Nigeria and Benin for obvious reasons. Apart from being close-door neighbours, it would be recalled that the ‘Little Squirrels’ eliminated Nigeria from the Algeria 2009 CAN U-17 Tournament after a 3-2 aggregate win much to the contemplation of all since the Golden Eagles were still fresh from their 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup win in Korea.
It is against this backdrop that Golden Eaglets would bear their fangs against their opponents who only secured a berth into the semi finals of the competition after Cote d’Ivoire held host, Togo to a pulsating 1-1 draw on Wednesday’s night. The Beninoires had earlier beaten Cote
d’Ivoire 2-1 in their qualifying Group A section.
WAFU B RESULTS
Togo 2-1 Benin
Nigeria 2-0 Mali
Benin 2-1 CIV
Nigeria 2-0 Mali
CIV 1-1 Togo
HOW THEY STAND
Team P W D L F A D PTS
Togo 2 1 1 – 3 1 +2 4
Benin 2 1 – 1 2 2 0 3
CIV 2 – 1 1 2 3 -1 1
Teams P W D L F A D PTS
Nigeria 2 2 – – 4 0 +4 6
Mali 2 – – 2 0 2 -2 0
*Niger withdrew from the tournament.