Eaglets soar to Morocco 2013

Posted: 3 December 2012 Time: 07:13 am

Nigeria's Under-17 national team on Sunday made certain of a place at next year’s African Under-17 Championship in Morocco with a 2-0 victory over the Junior Eagles of Mali away in Bamako.

Widely touted as the future of Nigeria football, Manu Garba’s teen terrors took charge of their return leg, final qualifying fixture against the Malians right from the first blast of Guinean referee Ahmed Sekou Toure’s whistle, and in spite of the raucous home crowd at the Stade Mamadou Konate.

The bean-pole figure of effervescent midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim, scorer of the second in the Eaglets’ 2-0 home win in Calabar on November 18, tormented the hosts all evening, and was inevitably involved in the first goal by big striker Success Isaac after 23 minutes.

Bernard Bulbwa wiped clean any hopes the home crowd might be nursing of a spectacular comeback by their team, when he scored the second goal 10 minutes after resumption. Nigeria qualified with a 4-0 aggregate.

Morocco will be Nigeria’s first outing at Africa’s kindergarten party since lifting the trophy in Togo in 2007. The Golden Eaglets failed to qualify for the 2009 championship that took place in Algeria and the 2011 finals that were held in Rwanda.

Sunday’s win in sunny Bamako also capped a sunshine year for Nigeria football, in which all the National Teams qualified for all major tournaments for which they took part in qualifying campaigns.

Other countries that have qualified for Morocco 2013, which Draw Ceremony will be staged alongside that of the Algeria 2013 African Youth Championship in Cairo next Sunday, are: Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Congo-Brazzaville and host Morocco.

Article by: Colin Udoh

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koobake
posted: 07:33am 03/12/2012
@colin....the diamond Zebras hs qualified(botswana U17).....shame poor gorrilas f south africa hu claim 2 b a footballin country...nt 2 4gt ada so called super house f africa they hv bin usin over aged player tht y bo botswana culd qualify now ts fair play marapo a testiwa......
Tartan
posted: 10:08am 03/12/2012
This set of Eaglets seem to be on fire!!!!! What a record.................... 21 goals scored and only 1 goal conceeded... throughout the qualifiers and not only that, they won all their games home and away. I cant wait to see them play in Morocco.
Anonymous
posted: 10:28am 03/12/2012
Watch out for the Diamond Zebras of Botswana
just so be warned!Mr Editor Colin Udoh u moron
please write well researched articles bloody katse
Anonymous
posted: 11:45am 03/12/2012
@koobake and anonymous. This is kick-off Nigeria you moron!! If you want news from your country Botswana, get educated and be a journalist/writer yourself.
Phantsha
posted: 12:52pm 03/12/2012
@Anonymous, i dnt see a need 2 attack SA coz they r liable 2 failure jaaka mongwe le mongwe. Ba ka tswa ba rata go re kgakgafalela but do we hv 2 pick a fight with them or brag whenevr we do bettr than them? Dnt attack the reporter ka gore chances are tht results tsa rona di tsile after article e was published. Le rona re di utlwile late in the nyt akere. Ga se gore ke a le kgala bagaetsho, le bommualebe fela jaaka nna. Of course evry1 should watch out 4 our Diamond Zebras, they r goin 2 kick Lions, Eaglets, and even Bullets high in 2 the air.
koobake
posted: 01:19pm 03/12/2012
@Phantsha ths cows r noisy,4 th Mr E hv 2 research no xcuse wat wat.?MRI SCAN huuuuu......nw african fubol wil growww
koobake
posted: 01:21pm 03/12/2012
manyesa hs bn 21 yrs sinz 2004 imagin.......
Zubysat
posted: 09:52pm 03/12/2012
Nigeria eaglet there are another hope of nigeria beacuose there real understand them self congrat 2 them gooduck
Zubysat
posted: 09:54pm 03/12/2012
Nigeria eaglet there are another hope of nigeria beacuose there real understand them self congrat 2 them gooduck
Socerates
posted: 04:50am 04/12/2012
Question, how can a live zebra be diamond? u guys need to change the name of ur U17 team. It doesn't add up at all. Oh, and pls do urselves a favor by leaving Kickoff Nigeria. I bet Botswana can't boast of any website like this. Morons!
Anonymous
posted: 10:37am 04/12/2012
Well said @phantsha. I appreciate an individual with brains. And I am not against hooting for your country's team. But I hate people who just attack other beings needlessly. The forum should be kept healthy and everyone should be able to partake in commenting. We want more of people like you on this forum.
Anonymous
posted: 11:03am 04/12/2012
This is the only true Nigeria U-17 team since the inception of the competition. Kudos to Nigeria. They have rattled even the over aged teams that come their way. Congrats Manu, Amunike, Ugbade, & co
stanslinks
posted: 11:13am 04/12/2012
CONGRATULATIONS Eaglets! You deserve this qualification with you unbeatable record. Thank you boys so very much. More oil to your ankles. KEEP THE FLAG FLYING!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:52am 04/12/2012
Who says that the REAL under 17 , such as the current Eaglet cant beat over aged players (Mali) ? This is a test case for Nigeria and indeed Africa to stop age cheating as it does not pay at the end.Up Eaglet , go and lift the African cup and the World Cup!!!
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 07:33pm 04/12/2012
keshi, we don't have to wait for the Celtics to play Rabiu Ibrahim week in and out before we can know how good he is. Sometimes, it becomes our responsibility to shore up our own who are not seeing enough action at the very 'competitive' Europe by inserting them in grade A actions just to beef up their confidence.

This is very true of immensely gifted players such as Rabiu Ibrahim. Thats what Westerhof did with you when it was obvious that your career was winding down. Yekini benefited from that too when things were not looking good for him at Olympiacos. Rabiu Ibrahim deserves this. The fact that he is in a big team such as Celtics, albeit on the bench, is a testament to the football pedigree that he possesses. Please, lets help this guy. He is the closest we have to making another Jay Jay Okocha.

Thank You.

\"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it.\"
Anonymous
posted: 09:02pm 05/12/2012
@Futbol-Aficionado, ########!! Rabiu has been in many clubs and has not been able to tie down a shirt. We all saw him play in Siasia's second attempt at the U-21 world level and he was not spectacular. Why should Keshi even consider him when there are so many in-form players competing for every spot in the team.
Football is not played on sentiment, but achievements and form. I have admired Rabiu in the U-17 team he played in, but ever since then he has not been able to raise his game. Your utterances are simply based on sentiments.
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