Nigeria vs Uganda: Golden Eaglets emerge group winner after forcing Cubs to 1-1 draw

Nigeria vs Uganda: Golden Eaglets emerge group winner after forcing Cubs to 1-1 draw

- Nigeria vs Uganda saw the Golden Eaglets defeat their counterpart 1-1 to claim Group A top spot at the ongoing CAF U-17 Nations Cup

- John Alou netted the opener off a corner kick for Uganda, but Ibraheem Jabaar leveled scores for Nigeria

- The Manu Garba tutored-side have now qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the semis of the CAF U17 Nations Cup

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets confirmed their spot in the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil after battling Uganda’s Cubs to a 1-1 draw at the Chamazi Stadium on Saturday, April 20, to progress to the semi-finals of the ongoing CAF U17 Nations Cup in Tanzania.

Before the commencement of hostilities, all the four teams in Group A had a chance of progressing to the semi-finals and the World Cup in Brazil later in the year, but the Eaglets maintained their top spot after Ibraheem Jabaar netted the equalizer to send the Cubs parking from the tournament.

The encounter saw Olakunle Olusegun starting from the bench as Jabaar started in attack as Nigeria dominated the proceedings in first half, with Uganda’ Cubs opting to soak the pressure, and play on the counter at any given chance.

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Interestingly, as the game progressed Nigeria continued missing several chances, with Akinkunmi Amoo among the culprits on the day

The winger also missed a glorious chance to send Nigeria into the lead before the halftime break after nodding Shedrack Tanko cross off target.

Moments after the restart after the break, Jabaar came close to breaking the deadlock but the Ugandan shot-stopper Jack Komakech was spot on to make a decent save.

Olusegun was introduced for Amoo after the latter suffered an injury in the 59th minute.

The Cubs came close to scoring the opener from a free-kick taken by Andrew Kawooya’s strike breezed past Stephen Sunday in Eaglets goal but could not beat the crossbar.

In the 67th minute Uganda replaced Kawooya with John Alou and two minutes later he netted the opener off a corner kick.

Nigeria responded almost immediately as Jabaar netted the equalizer, but minutes after the shot-topper denied Wisdom Ubani from scoring winner, with scores remaining even at the blast of the final whistle.

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The result sees Nigeria qualify to the semi-final alongside Angola, who defeated hosts Tanzania 4-2 to claim the second spot from the group as they also booked their place in 2019 U-17 World Cup later in the year.

Earlier, reported Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets defeated Angola 1-0 on Wednesday, April 17, to claim their second win at the ongoing Total U-17 Nations Cup in Tanzania.

The result sees the Eaglets qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil later in the year, and a place in the semi-final of the AFCON U-17 tournament, even with a game in hand.

The Manu Garba tutored-side battled the Angolans right from the commencement of hostilities as both sides had chances to net the opening goal of the contest. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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