Nigeria U17- Ghana U17 Preview: Golden Eaglets set to dim Black Satellites
Golden Eaglets are unbeaten in twenty seven matches and will hope to extend that record against their eternal rivals at the African U17 championships in Morocco
By Shina Oludare
The age long rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana will be rekindled on Sunday evening at the Stade de Marrakech as both teams battle for supremacy in a Group B encounter at the Caf U-17 Championship in Morocco.
With their pedigree as the best sides in the history of this tournament having lifted the trophy twice, both teams go into this encounter to begin a quest for a record third crown.
Though Nigeria will be staging a return to this competition after missing out of the 2009 and 2011 editions staged in Algeria and Rwanda respectively, they will be buzzed on by their string of impressive displays in the qualifying series and pre-tournament games to regain the crown they won in Togo six years ago.
The all-conquering Garba Manu lads go into this tournament as the best team from the qualifying series winning all six games and scoring 21 goals in the process, letting in a lone goal.
For the Black Starlets tutored by Paa Kwesi Fabin, they have proved they have what it takes to avenge their 2-0 loss to Nigeria at the African U17 tourney staged in Togo following their impressive results. The Ghanaians sent South Africa packing 5-3 on aggregate while they trounced Swiss second division side FC Goussau 10-0 before plundering in six goals past Navara U-20 side in their warm up matches.
Ghana will be banking on Emmanuel Essigba, Benjamin Tetteh and Appiah MacCarthy to shock the Nigerians who are favorites to succeed Burkina-Faso as African Champions while their Nigerian counterpart will hope Isaac Success and his cohorts re-enact the form that saw them score 121 goals and conceded 15 in 27 matches.
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Top 3 Predictions
Nigeria U17 6-1 Ghana U17
- 16.67 %
Nigeria U17 3-1 Ghana U17
- 16.67 %
Nigeria U17 3-0 Ghana U17
- 11.11 %
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