Abuja - FIFA U17 World Cup defending champions, Nigeria
started their campaign for the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Madagascar 2017
with a narrow 1-0 win against Junior Menas of Niger Republic at the Abuja
National Stadium on Saturday.
Nigeria took the lead as early as the second minute by Usman
Musa (Babalolo) following a pass from Nazifi Yahaya.
But thereafter, it became a ding-dong affair with few
chances in between throughout the end of the first half.
The second stanza produced no goal either as the Nigeriens
defended in their numbers but Coach Manu Garba is yet upbeat about the second
leg which takes place in Niamey in a fortnight, adding that Nigeria as
defending world champions would leave no stone unturned to progress to the next
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"It was a difficult game but we thank God we won and by
the grace of God, we are going to win in Niger," Garba said afterwards.
“Our expectations were high after we scored an early goal
but we wasted a lot of chances thereafter. We have noticed our errors and we
will correct them before the second leg; we just want Nigerians to be prayerful
for these boys, we are going to qualify," he noted.
that coach Manu Garba was under pressure to find new players that will be fit
and within age bracket for the CAF U17 qualifier against Niger at the weekend
after his starting 11 reportedly failed MRI scan.For
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