Nigeria edge Bitter rivals Ghana 3-1 on Penalties to Pick U17 Afcon ticket

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Nigeria's Golden Eaglets emerged winners of the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations qualifier WAFU B Zone | Credit: Twitter (thenff)

Nigeria stretched Ghana through the regulation time and into the lottery of shoot outs before dealing the Black Starlets a death knell and securing the ultimate victory of a ticket for the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations.

For the second time in the WAFU B Zone qualifiers, the Nigerian Eaglets fought from behind.

 

The sides played a goalless first half, but not devoid of action and excitement, however, the deadlock would not be broken until the restart of the second half.

 

Nigeria’s goal custodian, Amah had been the busier of the two goalkeepers, but one time he had no response for the question asked on 54th minute.

 

But Nigeria didn’t wait for the celebration of the other side to subside before they responded.

 

Akinkunmi Amoo received the final ball from a brilliant set up to bring the scoreline level on 67minutes.

 

The game will then drag on into the shootouts and once again, Eaglets goalkeeper Amah proved decisive stopping one of the three kicks missed by the Ghanaian as Nigeria went on to win 3-1.

 

The result means Nigeria scaled the first hurdle, but will now test their strategy and grit against the rest of Africa next year in Tanzania.

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