Nigeria clash with Burkina Faso at U17 level

Nigeria’s U17 National
team will start their campaign for a place in the 2019 U17 Africa Cup
of Nations against their Burkinabe counterparts in Niamey on Monday
evening.
Both teams clash from 4pm
in what is the second match of the Seven-Nation CAF U17 AFCON
Qualifiers (WAFU B). Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin
Republic play in Group A, with host Niger Republic, Ghana and Togo in
Group A.
Already, the organizers
have picked Nigerien official Mohamed Ali as referee, with Beninoise
Éric Ayimavo as assistant referee 1 and another Nigerien, Abdoul
Aziz Yacouba as assistant referee 2.
The reserve referee is
Ognankotan Ntale from Togo while former FIFA referee, Bonaventure
Coffi Codja from Benin Republic is the referee assessor.
The Eaglets will then
tackle Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday before rounding off the group
phase against Benin Republic on Sunday.
A new format approved for
the competition at the CAF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly which took
place in Rabat 13 months ago means countries in each regional bloc
gather in one country within the bloc to play a qualifying
tournament, as against the old format of home-and-away qualifying
series.
Only the winning team from
each of the blocs (apart from the bloc of the defending champions
that will produce two teams) will qualify for the final tournament,
slated for Tanzania next year.

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