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Manu Garba Defiant As Dethroned Eaglets Hope For U-17 AFCON Lifeline

The Golden Eaglets suffered a 1-0 defeat against Cote d’Ivoire in the semifinal of the WAFU B qualifying tournament in Ghana on Saturday and coach Manu Garba attributed the loss to an act of God. This defeat potentially sidelined the team from the AFCON competition later this year, which serves as a qualifier for the World Cup.

However, there are indications that the team might have a lifeline due to FIFA’s decision to expand the U-17 World Cup. While previously only the two finalists would qualify for the U-17 AFCON, the expansion guarantees more spots for African teams in the tournament. It’s pertinent to note that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has yet to announce how many teams from the WAFU B qualifying tournament will advance to the U-17 AFCON.

The Golden Eaglets will face hosts Ghana in the third-place match tomorrow and coach Garba expressed optimism, stating that his team is looking forward to the game and promised a strong performance. “There is a plan for everything in life because with God we have trust in Him,” he wrote on his Facebook page “We appreciate your support. All the boys are saying a big Thanks for your guys’ support once again. “We go again for the 3rd place with Ghana. You guys’ support will go a long way for the 3rd place.”

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