Burkina Faso are through to the semi final of the ongoing U17 African Cup of Nations in Algeria, after outsmarting Nigeria 2-1 in the quarter final clash this Thursday, courtesy of a brace from Aboubacar Camara.
This victory at the Nelson Mandela Stadium equally secures them a place in the U17 FIFA World Cup later this year as one of the four African representatives.
Coach Ibrahim Traore’s 4-4-2 formation did work out well for him in this crucial encounter Nigeria were tipped favorite, not until Camara proved the team’s determination with the opening goal few seconds before the break.
Camara doubled via a penalty kick after Tobechukwu Ogboji’s violent tackle in the box caused the referee to award Burkina Faso a penalty in the second segment of the game.
Nigeria dominated almost the last half but as it were in the first segment, they squandered all these chances and were wasteful in front of goal.
However, Aboubakar Abdullahi scored the late consolatory goal for the golden Eaglets who came into this encounter with hopes of picking up another World Cup ticket.
Nigeria’s expectation towards a third AFCON title has come to an end as they seemed wasteful against a more fearless Burkina Faso side.
The stallions after denying Cameroon a chance of reaching this phase, have now inflicted pain on the most successful African nation with World Cup titles.
Nigeria has won it a record of five times and have made 12 appearances at the U17 World Cup. The shocking exit in Algiers puts an end to the 13th participation quest.
Burkina proved to be a determined side when they eliminated holders Cameroon, in the last group stage game 2-1 to reach this phase of the competition and now have gone beyond.
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