Following their embarrassing defeat to Burkina Faso in the African U-17 Cup of Nations, Nigeria U17 walloped Cote d’Ivoire 5-1 on Thursday evening.
The Eaglets hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the qualifiers was hanging in the balance after losing 3-2 to the Burkinabes in their first match, but Goals from Olakunle Olusegun, Olatomi Olaniyan, Hassan Hussain, Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi and Akinwunmi Amoo handed the five-time world champions a comprehensive win inside Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey.
the Nigerian boys did not waste time before cruising to a 2-0 lead through Olusegun and Olaniyan.
Manu Garba’s boys raced to a four-goal lead courtesy of Hussain and Adeniyi before the half time break.
In the second half, Amoo extended Nigeria’s lead from the penalty spot before Olivier D ‘Avila Junior got the consolation goal.
Garba’s boys are one leg in the semi-final of the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations qualification and should they emerge as champions of West B Zone, they book a place to Tanzania 2019.