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Golden Eaglets beat hosts 2-0 as UEFA/CAF U-17 tournament begins


Nigeria’s cadet national team, Golden Eaglets began their UEFA/CAF U-17 International Tournament with a well-deserved 2-0 win against hosts, Turkey at the TFF Hasan Doğan National Teams Camp and Training Facilities yesterday, reports

Coach Manu Garba opted to start Sunday Stephen in goal and back four containing Shedrack Tanko, Ikenna Ferdinand, David Oduko and Etim Charles protected him.

Samson Tijani, Amoo Akinkunmi, Fawaz Abdullahi and Shuaibu Abdulrazaq were part of a midfield four, while Wisdom Ubani and Olakunle Olusegun started in attack.


A goal from Olusegun separated the two sides at the break and second-half substitute Divine Nwachukwu sealed the win with a second goal for the five-time world champions in the 90th minute.

In their next fixture, Nigeria U17s will battle with Guatemala tomorrow and wrap up group play against Senegal on Thursday, September 26.

The Eaglets and their officials arrived in Istanbul on Friday and had their first training session at the Turkey Technical Centre on Saturday morning before the officials proceeded to attend a technical meeting of all the eight participating teams at the tournament.

The eight participating teams at the UEFA/CAF U-17 International Tournament are hosts, Turkey, Nigeria, Scotland, Angola, Cameroon, Senegal, Paraguay, and Guatemala.

This year’s FIFA U17 World Cup finals will hold October 20 to November 17 in Brazil.

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