After failing MRI test, Golden Eaglets crash to Burkina Faso

Manu Garba

Nigeria national U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, appeared to have suffered a psychological breakdown from MRI scan with a shocking 2-3 loss to Burkina Faso.

Manu Garba lost several key players to the technology including his skipper.

The effects were visible as the Nigerians were second best in Monday’s encounter at the ongoing CAF U-17 qualifiers (WAFU B) in Niger Republic.

The Baby Etalon raced to an early lead in the fourth minute thanks to Albert Outtara.

Two minutes later, Issa Ouedrago made it two goals to nil after he caught the Eaglets’ defence napping.

Samson Tijani reduced the deficit for the five-time World champions as the game produced three goals in the opening 13 minutes.

On the half hour, Tijani almost levelled matters with a solo effort which was kept out by the keeper.

At the first minute of added time, Nigeria was rewarded for their determination as Olakunle Olusegun Junior applied the finishing touch.

Nigeria showed positive intention in the second half but they missed gilt-edged chances.

With 11 minutes left on the clock, Burkina Faso had the final say as they grabbed the match winner.
The Eaglets will hope to avoid a similar fate against Cote d’Ivoire and the Benin Republic

The winner of the eight-team tournament will qualify for the main African championship scheduled for Tanzania.

Nigeria is the record world champions with five trophies.