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AFCON U17: Morocco Beat Nigeria 1-0 To Reach Quarterfinals

Nigeria’s U-17 national team, Golden Eaglets, today suffered a 1-0 defeat to Morocco in their second Group B match of the ongoing 2023 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria.

An own goal by Tochukwu Ogboji as early as the 2nd minute was all the Moroccans, who downed South Africa’s Amajimbo 2-0 on the opening day, needed to make it within a step of booking a spot at this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup.

As happened in their opening match against Zambia, the Eaglets created chance after chance but pathetically lacked precision in front of goal.

Abubakar Abdullahi should have done better than balloon the ball skywards after Emmanuel Michael put him through in the 21st minute, and captain Precious Williams also failed to make hay as the North Africans mounted an impregnable rearguard.

Defender Yahaya Lawali, who was again picked as Man-of-the-Match despite Nigeria’s loss, shot towards the sky with a through ball in the 69th minute. Substitutes Light Eke and Adewale Quadri provided the only real tests for the Moroccan goalkeeper in a frantic second period.

The Eaglets will now play South Africa on Saturday, and victory is imperative in order to be assured of qualification to the last eight.

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