Lome - Nigeria and Benin would meet face-to-face in a
competitive Under-17 match for the first time in six years at the semi-finals
of WAFU B Tournament in Togo on Friday.
The Nigeria-Benin clash would kick off at 3:00 pm local time
(4:00pm Nigerian time) - immediately after the game between hosts Togo and Mali
in the other semi-final at the same venue.
The winner of both clashes would meet in Sunday's finale
while losers contest for the third place match.
The Golden Eaglets are the only team at the tournament with
a hundred percent record so far and Coach Emmanuel Amuneke remains upbeat that his
team would continue with their winning streak.
"It is our objective to win all our matches here and
gradually, we are working towards our target," the former Barcelona winger
"I'm impressed about the performance of the boys so far
and I keep reminding them that nobody is going to dash them victory as such, we
would keep working hard to win this tournament."
Indeed, there would be plenty to play for between Nigeria
and Benin for obvious reasons. Apart from being close-door neighbours, it would
be recalled that the 'little squirrels' eliminated Nigeria from the Algeria 2009 CAN Under-17 Tournament after a 3-2 aggregate win much to the contemplation
of all since the Golden Eagles were still fresh from their 2007 FIFA
Under-17 World Cup win in Korea
It is against this backdrop that Golden Eaglets would bear
their fangs against their opponent who only secured a berth into the last four of
the competition after Cote d'Ivoire held host, Togo to a pulsating 1-1 draw on
The Beninoires had earlier beaten Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 in their
qualifying Group A section.
WAFU B RESULTS
Togo 2-1 Benin
Nigeria 2-0 Mali
Benin 2-1 CIV
Nigeria 2-0 MaliCIV
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