Eaglets miss African U-17 Cup despite beating Ghana

The Nigerian Football Federation has said the U-17 men’s team, the Golden Eaglets, will not be at the 2025 U-17 AFCON in Ivory Coast and will consequently miss the 2025 U-17 World Cup in Qatar , after failing to pick his ticket in the recently concluded WAFU B tournament in Ghana.

Manu Garba’s team claimed a 3-2 victory over Ghana in the third-place match on Tuesday, but it was not enough to secure them a place, even as the NFF initially said the rumored expansion of the 2025 tournament had sealed its classification.

There has been a nervous wait to learn the team’s fate since their 1-0 semi-final defeat against Ivory Coast last Saturday, and the fatal blow was dealt on Tuesday when CAF insisted on a 12-team tournament for the African Cup of Nations U-17. .

“The Confederation of African Football has clarified that next year’s African Under-17 Cup of Nations will still have 12 finalists, compared to the minimum of 16 teams expected by African football fans.

“This means that despite defeating the host country, Ghana, in the third place match of the WAFU B Under-17 Championship on Tuesday, the Nigerian Golden Eaglets have not qualified for the final,” the NFF said in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday night.

The NFF added that CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, confirmed that only 12 countries will qualify for Ivory Coast 2025.

There were high expectations among African football enthusiasts that the 2025 U-17 AFCON would be expanded, after FIFA allocated 10 places to the continent for the 2025 World Cup at its Congress in Bangkok.

Qatar will host five consecutive FIFA U-17 World Cup finals starting next year, with 48 teams attending each.

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