Golden Eaglets Emerge Champions, 2022 WAFU B U-17
The Golden Eaglets have emerged champions of the 2022 WAFU Zone B tournament after beating Burkina Faso 2-1 in the final on Friday.
A brace from Abdullahi Idris secured the win and the trophy for the Eaglets. Just like the Flying Eagles, the Golden Eaglets are champions of the WAFU Zone B tournament.
The win against Burkina Faso was the coach Nduka Ugbade-led side’s fourth consecutive win at the competition.
Idris opened the scoring in the 23rd minute as he leaped to head in a delightful cross from Emmanuel Michael.
With four minutes left in the first half Ouedraogo equalized for Burkina Faso after he headed in a cross.
But in the 48th minute, Idris grabbed his second goal to put the Eaglets 2-1 up.
A free-kick from Michael saw the Burkinabe keeper drop the ball before Idris slotted home the rebound.
Both finalists will represent the WAFU Zone B at the 2023 U-17 tournament in Algeria. In the third-place match played earlier on Friday, Ghana beat Côte d’Ivoire 3-2 to end the campaign on a high.
In the 3rd place final, Ghana edged Cote D’Ivoire to clinch bronze medals.
An injury-time goal earned hosts Ghana a hard-fought 3-2 win against Côte d’Ivoire in the third-place match at the 2022 U-17 WAFU Zone B tournament on Friday.
After losing to Nigeria and Burkina Faso in the semi-finals, both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire headed into the match with the hope of ending their campaign at the tournament on a high.
With the game tied at 2-2 and heading for a penalty shootout, Abdul Razak Salifu netted in the 92nd minute to seal the win for his side.
Côte d’Ivoire had taken the lead in the seventh minute but Abdul Rashid Adam equalized for Ghana just two minutes after the opening goal.
Ghana then went 2-1 up in the 57th minute before Makhete Moustaha N’Diaye made it 2-2 in 72 minutes.
And in two minutes of added time, Salifu emerged the hero as he bagged the winner to end the tie 3-2 for the hosts.
Later on Friday inside the Cape Coast stadium. the Golden Eaglets will battle Burkina Faso in the final.
Both finalists will represent the WAFU Zone B at next year’s U-17 AFCON in Algeria.