TotalEnergies U17 AFCON: Burkina Faso Beats Nigeria to Advance to Semi-Finals, Qualify for World Cup | TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations 2023 | CAF


Burkina Faso beat Nigeria 2-1 at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers on Thursday to advance to the semi-finals of Total Energy’s U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), earning Africa’s last remaining FIFA World Cup spot. Earned.

Abu Bakar Kamara scored the second goal. junior stallion To bring them victory in a fierce duel. It was sweet revenge for Burkina Faso, who lost to Nigeria by the same scoreline in the WAFU Zone Qualifying Final.

of golden eaglet Hopes of qualifying for a 13th time in global competition and a record-extending third African title were frustrated as Burkina Faso chased for a second title.

of stallion Nigeria made the most of their chances, but they will regret missing chances when they hit the crate twice, especially in the first half.

At 1:29, Tocuk Ogbid’s pass gave Charles Agada a chance to break out in front of goal, but the keeper brilliantly blocked the 1-1.

Abubakar Abdullahi scored sharply from the edge of the box in the 7th minute, skimming the crossbar, and Agada struck from close range in the 15th minute.

In the 37th minute, Agada broke through the right flank and had a chance, but the shot was well saved by the keeper.

Burkina Faso picked up the tempo in the last five minutes of the first half, with Kamara’s shot cleared on the goal line by Jeremiah Olarreke. But four minutes later, Kamala scored from close range after Nigerian defender Tochuk Ogboji missed a clearance from inside the box to take the lead.

In the second half, Burkina Faso doubled their goals just 10 minutes into the restart, with Kamala scoring twice from the penalty spot after Suleiman Ario was knocked down in the box by Ogboji.

With two goals to climb, Nigeria stepped up front and halved the deficit with Abdullahi scoring from close range in the 67th minute after receiving a cross from Emmanuel Michael.

The Golden Eagles tried to push the game beyond 90 minutes by applying pressure for a draw. Substitute Faber Daniel’s looping header was pushed over the bar by the keeper and Omar Abubakar’s curled free-kick was saved for a corner.

Despite concerted efforts, Nigeria’s attempts to turn the match in their favor were unsuccessful.

Burkina Faso will now return to Annaba, where they played in the group stage, to face Senegal in the semi-finals.

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