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Golden Eaglets coach laments loss to Niger

Golden Eaglets assistant coach Nduka Ugbade has lamented the team’s 3-1 loss to Niger on Saturday in an African U17 Championship qualifier.

Nigeria has now failed to qualify for the championship and will not be at the FIFA U17 World Cup to defend their title.

“This is a daylight robbery and cannot be defined in any other way because all the officials worked jointly and fully against Nigeria,” lamented Ugbade.

“What would the Nigeriens and the officials of the match be teaching their kids at home? In all my life in football, I have never seen this kind of drama but Nigerians would not be able to see the match as all our cameras were seized.”

Striker Sidibe Assoumanu gave the host the lead in the 36th minute with a pile drive just outside the box that beat a poorly positioned goalkeeper Adeleye Adebayo.

Usman Musa Babalolo meanwhile got the equalizer with a header barely a minute to the end of first half.

The second half began with much drama as the Camerounian referee Henry Duvalier Mouandjou Kalla gave the host a freaky penalty in the 48th minute, which was converted by Mamane Bello. From then, it looked like Mountain Everest for the Eaglets to climb with repeated foul calls by the referee.

With minutes left to play, the host got yet another free kick just outside the box which was converted by Issaka Magaji.

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