Two costly errors committed in each of the halves of the match led to the two goals that guaranteed Burkina Faso two precious tickets from the quarterfinal match played at Nelson Mandela Stadium.
Indecisiveness and an unconvincing clearance between the defenders of the Golden Eaglets and goalkeeper Richard Odo gave a lurking Burkina Faso attacker, Abubakar Camara, a chance to score the first goal in the 44th minute of the first half.
Nigeria had earlier missed scoring chances from Charles David and Light Eke in the opening minutes of the first half through the woodwork, despite the excellent performance of the Burkinabe goalkeeper, Isidore.
In the second half, Nigerian defender Tochukwu Ogboji hacked down Burkina Faso left winger Souleymane Alio inside Nigeria’s eighteen-yard box, and the referee signaled a penalty.
Burkina Faso marksman Abubakar Camara easily converted the goal to score a brace in the quarterfinal match and the second goal of the match.
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Burkina Faso will meet Senegal on Sunday, May 14, 2023, in the first semi-final match of the tournament at Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium, Constantine, Algeria, by 5 p.m. Nigerian time.
Coach Nduka Ugbade and the Golden Eaglets suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Burkina Faso, which resulted in their elimination from the U17 AFCON.
They won’t be competing at the FIFA U17 World Cup as a result of the loss.
What is your assessment of their performance?