Former Super Falcons’ coach, Ntiero Effiom Ntiero believes Golden Eaglets will beat the Junior Eagles of Mali for the Morocco 2013 ticket. The Eaglets edged the Malians 2-0 in the first fixture final round African Under17 championship qualifier at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Sunday.
Wilfred Ndidi and Alhassan Ibrahim scored for Nigeria in their lowest scoring games since the start of the qualifying race for Morocco 2013. The decisive fixture comes up in Bamako, Mali in a fortnight with the winners qualifying for the biennial cadet showpiece in Morocco. Effiom said the Eaglets are good travellers and will stun the Malians in their backyard. “The 2-0 scoreline is a good one at this stage of the qualifier, Mali want to qualify and came with a game plan to earn a decent result hoping to finish it up at home. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way they planned it. The scoreline is good for the Golden Eaglets to go to Bamako and grab the ticket right there at their backyard. They’ve done very well in past away matches, I see a repeat performance in two weeks in Bamako. The scoreline would have been wider except the missed chances. I know the coach has noted the lapses and will work on them before the last battle. The ability to create chances is a plus, as anxiety to score goals may have worked against them. Over there in Bamako they’ll play with less pressure and the goals will come,” he said to supersport.com.