WAFU Cup: Golden Eaglets qualify for semi-finals as Niger pulls out

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The Golden Eaglets as well as their Group B foes, Mali are through to the semi-final stages of the competition following the last minute withdrawal of Niger from the WAFU B Under-17 Tournament in Togo.


Golden Eaglets’ administrator, Mr. Tayo Egbaiyelo informed team officials late Friday night about the revised fixture delivered to the team’s Angel Blue Hotel by the organisers after the withdrawal of the Nigeriens.

The Nigerian Under-17 team were already looking forward to their opening Group B encounter on Saturday at the Stade Municipal only to be told to keep their gun powder dry.

While the trio of Benin, Togo and Cote D’Ivoire jostle for semi-final spots in Group A; Nigeria and Mali would only slug it out in a ‘double header’ to determine who top Group B in spite of the fact that they are already guaranteed semi-final tickets.

In a revised fixture signed by Mr. Aka Malan, the secretary of West African Football Union(WAFU), Nigeria and Mali would now tango at the Stade Municipal on April 21st and 23rd with the matches fixed for 2:30pm and 3:30pm local time (3:30pm and 4:30pm Nigerian time) respectively.