Golden Eaglets Wins U-17 AFCON Fair Play Award Despite Elimination
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By Our Correspondent
Despite crashing out at the quarter-final stage, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have been awarded the Fair Play Team in the group stage at the ongoing U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON in Algeria.
The Eaglets lost 2-1 to Burkina Faso in the last 8 match on Thursday thereby failing to qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the AFCON semi-final.
However on Saturday, the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF named the Nduka Ugbade tutored lads as the best behaved team at the group stage of the tournament
Nigeria defeated Zambia by alone goal in their first matche, lost to Morocco by similar score and rallied to beat South Africa 3-2 in their last Group B match.
It could also be recalled that Gold Eaglets defender, Yahaya Lawali was named among the CAF Best XI of the U-17 AFCON group Stage.
The 2023 tournament will continue on Sunday, May 14 after observing a two-day hiatus.
The semi-final will take centre stage as tournament’s favorite, Senegal takes on Burkina Faso while Morocco and Mali will also squareup.
All the four semi-finalists have qualified to represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA World Cup which holds later in the year.