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All African Final: Nigeria faces Mali in U-17 World Cup




It will be an all-African affair in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final after the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria’s 4-2 victory over Mexico in the semi-final booked them a ticket to face Mali in Sunday’s showpiece. Mali reached their first ever U-17 World Cup final courtesy of a come-from-behind 3-1 victory against Belgium, the CABLE has reported.

The Europeans had taken the lead through Dante Rigo, but Boubacar Traore’s swift equaliser was followed by second-half goals from Sidiki Maiga and Sekou Koita. 

Their West African neighbour, Nigeria, also had to come from behind to secure a berth in the final billed for Vina Del Mar. Mexico opened the scoring through Kevin Magana but great efforts from Kelechi Nwakali and Orji Okwonkwo put the Golden Eaglets ahead. Diego Cortes’s solo effort levelled matters before Osinachi Ebere and Victor Osimhen’s late record-equalling penalty saw the defending champions into an all-African final against Mali. Mexico will face off against Belgium in the match for third place earlier the same day.

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