Eaglets beat Congo 7-0
Golden Eaglets have qualified for the semi-final of the ongoing CAF Under-17 Championship taking place in Morocco, after they beat Congo 7¬-0 in the final group game played yesterday in Marrakech.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat trick, while Isaac Success got a brace to seal victory for the Nigerian lads against a less experienced Congolese side. The result means that the Nigerian side has booked a ticket to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Iheanacho opened scoring for Nigeria in the early minutes of the game to set the Eaglets on the tone. Success made it two for Nigeria in the 27th minute, and added another within six minutes interval through a spot kick after Congo’s left back, Imouele, was sent off to reduce the team to 10 men.
Congo was desperate to prevent further damage, but was further reduced to nine men after Yobi was sent off in the 40th minute. The development favoured the Nigerians when they scored their fourth goal through Iheanacho with one minute before the break. Four minutes into the second half, Nigeria scored the fifth goal through Musa Yahaya.
The Eaglets continued their ride over Congo when Ifeanyi Mathew scored the 6th goal in the 60th minute. With four minutes remaining, Iheanacho completed his hat trick on the night with a powerful goal to ensure that Nigeria advanced to the semi-final with a 7-0 victory. Nigeria will face Tunisia, which was runner-up in Group A in the semi-final, while host, Morocco, will battle Cote d’Ivoire in the other fixture.
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