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Nigeria Falls to Côte d'Ivoire in WAFU Zone B U17 Championship Semi-Final

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria suffered a narrow 0-1 defeat to Côte d'Ivoire in the semi-finals of the 2024 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B U17 Championship late Saturday night in Ghana. Youbah Coulibaly's decisive goal in the 54th minute secured Côte d'Ivoire's place in the final and earned him the MVP title for the match.

Earlier in the day, hosts Ghana were also eliminated after a 1-2 loss to Burkina Faso in the first semi-final. These results mean that Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire will clash in the final and represent the sub-region at the Africa U17 Nations Cup later this year.

The defeats for Nigeria and Ghana are significant, as both teams will miss out on the upcoming Africa U17 Nations Cup and consequently, the FIFA U17 World Cup. Instead, they will compete for the bronze medal in the consolation match.

The final showdown between Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire promises to be an exciting contest, with both teams aiming to claim the championship title.

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