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Football | Nigeria

Eaglets edge Mali U17s



Nigeria's Golden Eaglets defeated their Malian counterparts in an Under17 African Championship by 2-0 at the UJ Esuene in Calabar on Sunday.

The Nigerians, supersport.com learned, played the first leg of the the final round of the qualifying under protest that the Malians looked too old for Under17s.

The Eaglets for the first time found a tough opponent in the Malians who kept possession well.

The hosts found it difficult to settle down in the early periods of the match as the Malians used their physique to their advantage.

Mali's Under17s resorted to aerial balls and for the first time in more than 360 minutes, Nigeria's goalkeeper, Adeyinka Adewale was made to work.

But it was the impressive Wilfred Ndidi who put Nigeria in front on 24 minutes with a headed goal from a corner kick.

Kelechi Iheanacho then came close to making it two for Nigeria just past the half hour mark but his attempt fizzled wide.

In the restart, Bernard Bulbwa was guilty of missing twice from goalscoring positions in quick succession as Nigeria continued to press for a second goal.

The Nigerians finally cracked open Mali's defence with seven minutes left in the business end of the game for their second goal through Alhassan Ibrahim who benefited from a rebound after good work from Success Isaac.

It was the first time that the Nigerians will score less than three goals in a match in the CAN Under17 qualifying after defeating Guinea 7-0 and Niger Republic 10-1, both on aggregate, in previous rounds.

Mali will play hosts to Nigeria in Bamako in a fortnight with the winners of the two-legged game qualifying for the championship in Morocco next year.

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