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Nigeria, Benin clash in WAFU semi-final

24 April 2014, 19:15Israel Ojoko

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 said.

"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 Wednesday.

The Beninoires had earlier beaten Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 in their qualifying Group A section.


Togo     2-1    Benin

Nigeria 2-0     Mali

Benin    2-1     CIV

Nigeria    2-0    Mali

CIV    1-1    Togo

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