The Eaglets coached by Manu Garba qualified for the final of the tournament after defeating the Junior Carthage Eagles of Tunisia 4-2 in the second semi-final match decided in Marrakech, yesterday. Cote d’Ivoire’s National U-17 team had earlier on Tuesday, defeated host Morocco 2-1 in the first semi-final tie.
Interestingly, Saturday’s final setting will see the Eaglets clashing with the Baby Elephants, the only team that pipped the Nigerians 1-0 at the group stage, in a West African battle for supremacy, while host Junior Atlas Lions of Morocco and Tunisia will play a North African classification game. Yesterday’s 4-2 victory over Tunisia earned the Golden Eaglets a total 17 goals haul and they conceded three goals in four matches of the Maroc 2013 CAF U-17 Championship.
Top striker, Isaac Success scored the third goal of the evening that brought his total so far to seven goals, while Kelechi Iheanacho, who opened scoring for the Nigerian lads took his total to five goals. Musa Yahaya’s brace broke the spirit of the hard-fighting Tunisians, who tried unsuccessfully to stop the rampaging Eaglets. On Saturday, Nigeria will be going for a third title, having won the African junior tournament at the 2001 and 2007 editions of the tournament.