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CAF U17: Burkina Faso can’t stop us in quarter-finals, Ugbade boasts

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Nigeria’s U17 side, the Golden Eaglets have not come as far as the quarter-finals of the Africa U17 Cup of Nations to be dumped out of the competition without earning a FIFA World Cup ticket, Head Coach Nduka Ugbade has vowed.

The boys and their officials arrived in Algiers, the capital city of Algeria, on Monday, three days ahead of their quarter-final clash with Burkina Faso’s Young Etalons at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.

“We had an interesting match with South Africa and it has prepared us well for further challenges in the competition. We learnt a lot playing Zambia, Morocco and South Africa – all strong teams – in the group phase and that was good furnace for us to be a better squad.

“The quarter-final matches will be very hard nuts to crack because that is the step that earns you the World Cup ticket. None of the four games will be easy. Our interest is Burkina Faso and we are working hard towards achieving success”, Ugbade said.

Burkina Faso had an interesting last match of the group phase, coming from behind to defeat and dump out cup holders Cameroon 2-1 in a truly fascinating encounter.

Nigeria also came from behind twice to edge South Africa 3-2 in a memorable encounter in Constantine, with the five goals scored by different players on the night.

Ugbade added: “We have not come this far to drop out. My boys are focused hard on the World Cup ticket. After that, we can then focus on other objectives”.

The match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso begins at 8 pm on Thursday.

Victory over the Young Etalons will earn Nigeria the opportunity to go for a record-extending sixth FIFA U17 World Cup title as all the semifinalists will represent the continent at the FIFA U17 World Cup in a yet-to-be-determined nation in November and December.

Credit: NFF Communications Department

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