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UN-17 AFCON: Nigerians lament Golden Eaglets’ loss to Morocco

A WIN over the Young Atlas Lions of Morocco would have secured Nigeria’s place in the knockout stages of the 2023 TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Algeria.

However, the Nduka Ugbade-led Golden Eaglets of Nigeria lost one nil to Morocco in a match day two encounter played at the Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui on Wednesday evening.

Both teams came into the game with a mission to qualify for the quarterfinals having won their first group games against Zambia and South Africa, respectively.

As early as the second minute, Morocco went in front courtesy of a deflected shot played by Abdel Hamid Maali. The Tanger B youngster shot across goal but the ball struck the body of Nigeria’s Tochukwu Ogboji before going past the goalkeeper.

Nigeria had numerous opportunities to draw level and even win the game but they failed to take their chances and ended up losing the encounter.

Match Statistics

Nigeria: 27 shots, 4 on target, 64% possession and 407 passes.

Morocco: 3 shots, 1 on target, 36% possession, 242 passes.




     

     

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    Nigerians have taken to the social media to express disappointment in the Golden Eaglets.

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    Despite losing this encounter, Nigeria still stand a chance of advancing to the next round. The five time FIFA UN-17 World Cup champions will need to avoid defeat in their final game either by winning or drawing.

    A win is the only sure ticket to advancing as at now, as they have 0 goal difference. Morocco have six points from two games and have secured one of the two tickets available in group B.

     

    Nigeria will play the final group game against the South African national team on Saturday, May 6, at Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui (8PM Nigerian Time).

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