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It is going to be a grudge match for the Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets when they face hosts Niger Republic in the semifinal of zonal 2019 U-17 AFCON qualifiers in Niamey today.

The Nigeriens accounted for Nigerian lads’ inability to defend the title they won at the 2015 FIFA World Cup as they eliminated the five-time world champions in the qualifiers for the 2017 edition of the tournament.

Manu Garba’s lads will be keen to avenge that loss with a view to making it to the final and qualify for the U-17 AFCON in Tanzania which will serve as the qualification for the FIFA World Cup in Peru.

“It will not be easy to beat the host country, but it is something we just have to do. That I have told my players and I believe they will not disappoint the country,” Manu enthused.

Today’s match will be one between the solid defence of Niger, who have yet to concede a goal thus far, and the rampant Eaglets attack, who have netted seven goals.

The first semi-final will be between Group A winners Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire, who fought back from a 5-1 loss to Nigeria to beat Burkina Faso 3-0.

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