Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets touched down in Algiers yesterday to commence preparations for their highly-anticipated semi-final match against Burkina Faso.
The Eaglets, fresh off their successful group stage campaign in Constantine, are determined to secure a victory in this crucial encounter.
Having overcome several obstacles in their final group game, where they twice rallied from behind to defeat South Africa with a resounding 3-2 scoreline, the Eaglets are confident as they enter the knockout stage.
The forthcoming match against Burkina Faso, scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. (Nigerian time), carries enormous weight, as the winner will claim a coveted ticket to the upcoming U-17 World Cup.
Burkina Faso, on the other hand, displayed their mettle by overturning a one-goal deficit to eliminate defending champions Cameroon with a 2-1 triumph, leaving them eager to face the Nigerian squad in what promises to be a captivating duel.
Among the other quarter-final matchups, Morocco will lock horns with hosts Algeria, Senegal will square off against South Africa, and Mali will clash with Congo, making for an action-packed tournament stage filled with enthralling encounters.
The four winners of these clashes will not only advance to the semifinals of the 2023 CAF U17 AFCON but also book a spot at the FIFA U17 World Cup later in the year.
Nigeria are the most successful nation at the cadet world cup with five trophies.