Ivory Coast defeated defending champions Nigeria 3-2 to win the West African Football Union (WAFU) B competition at the Stade de Kégué, Togo on Monday.
Sindou Kone, Abdrumane Konate and Seydou Traore gave the Ivorian side a three-goal lead before two late goals from substitute Ahmed Abdulahi guaranteed a cheeky completion for Ivory Coast in Lome.
Ivory Coast, who had defeated the Golden Eaglets 1-0 in the group stage of the WAFU tournament, started the game on the front foot and were by far the better side of the teams from the kick-off.
Goalkeeper of the Nigerian side, Destiny Emuwahen, was forced to make a fine save in the 10th minute following a fine passing game from the Ivorians. After five minutes, he was beaten by a fine header from Sindou, who jumped highest to net in a fine cross from a corner kick via a nod.
The goal prodded the Eaglets to life and they began creating chances of their own began failed to convert any of them.
Sindou messed up the Eaglets backline as he kept on tormenting the Nigerian defenders and nearly got the second however saw his shot impeded by Victor Udoh.
Abdrumane made it 2-0 for Ivory Coast 13 minutes into the restart, with Golden Eaglets coach Fatai Amoo reacting with three quick substitutions as he brought on Ahmed for Chijioke Osuji, Samson Ogunmola for Samuel Akere, with Emmanuel Papo, who got the champ against Burkina Faso in the semi-finals, replaced by Oluwatomiwa Kolawole.
Substitute Seydou scored the third goal of the night for Ivory Coast in the 84th minute to put the game out of the reach of the Eaglets.
Be that as it may, two late goals from Ahmed in added time gave the Eaglets a life saver, however it was short of what was needed as the Baby Elephants held on to claim the trophy.
Regardless of the loss, the Eaglets are through to the 2021 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Morocco in July, where the top four teams at the WAFU tournament will qualify for the 2021 U-17 World Cup in Peru, as Africa’s representatives