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Emmanuel Michael Scores Two Free-kicks To Power Nigeria U17 Past Cote d’Ivoire In WAFU Semi Final





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The Nigeria U17 team booked a place in the semi final of the ongoing WAFU B U17 Championship with a 3-1 win over Cote d’Ivoire in the semi final.

Nigeria fell behind very early into the game with Cote d’Ivoire taking the lead from the spot following a penalty awarded against the Nduka Ugbade led team for a foul in the box.

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Cote d’Ivoire defended deep into their area denying the Nigerian team who had loads of possession space and time to draw level until the 23rd minute, when a freekick was awarded to Nigeria at the edge of the Ivorian box.

From what looked like an impossible angle Emmanuel Michael showed his abilities from set piece isn’t a one off as he cleverly bent the ball past the Ivorian goalkepper to draw Nigeria level.

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He was on it again ten minutes later, this time around from the other side of the box. He bent it over the wall to hand the Nigerian team a 2-1 lead going into the half time break.

Abubakar Abdullahi put the game beyond the reach of the Baby Elephants with a third for Nigeria as he rose highest to meet a freekick from Ahmed Lawal to take scores to 3-1.

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Nigeria will . the winner of the other semi final game between host Ghana and Burkina Faso but by making it to the final they have already sealed a spot at the U17 Africa Cup of Nations.

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