WAFU B U17 Championship: Five key takeaways from Golden Eaglets scoreless match against Burkina Faso


The Golden Eaglets played to a goalless draw against Burkina Faso in their WAFU B U17 Championship opener on Thursday evening at the University of Ghana Stadium.

Despite having multiple opportunities to score, the five-time world champions were unable to break the deadlock and were thwarted by the woodwork in the final minutes of the match.

Here are five observations from the game, as presented by Reelradio.com.ng.

  1. Simon Cletus showcases his skills in the midfield.

Simon Cletus, as the captain of the Golden Eaglets, truly showcased exceptional leadership skills in the midfield.

Throughout the game, his composure in possession and his remarkable vision and intelligence in passing were truly commendable.

2. Nigeria demonstrates a strong defensive performance.

Throughout the entire game, Nigeria’s defensive display was truly outstanding.

The ‘Eaglets’ strong organization and coordination effectively stopped the attacking moves from the defending champions.

3. Manu Garba chooses to employ a possession-based style of play.

Manu Garba has emphasized his intention to implement a possession-based style of play, as evidenced by the Eaglets’ performance on Thursday.

Nigeria consistently focuses on building up play from the back, dominating the midfield, and creating scoring opportunities in the attacking third.

4. The Golden Eaglets lacked precision in front of goal.

The Golden Eaglets struggled to find the back of the net against the defending champions, as missed opportunities cost them dearly.

Nigeria had numerous chances throughout the game but lacked the composure in front of goal to convert them into scoring opportunities. Adding to their woes, they were unfortunate to hit the woodwork in the second half, despite playing on a waterlogged pitch.

5. Unfavorable weather conditions.

Despite the unforgiving weather, Nigeria pushed through relentless storms and heavy rain in the second half of the match.

The downpour posed a challenge for both teams to exhibit their skills and disrupted the possession-based football that characterized the first half for both sides.

Surprisingly, despite the adverse weather conditions, the referee chose not to halt the game.



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