Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba, has protested against the new mode of qualification for the African U-17 Championship.
Even though the Golden Eaglets qualified for next year’s Africa U-17 Championship in Tanzania due to their 4-2 win on penalties over the Starlets in the final of the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B tournament in Niger last Saturday, the coach of the Nigerian side still thought the mode of qualification for competing teams for the championship will be a disadvantage to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Garba said: “I must say that this is not the best for CAF because West Africa is the sense of African football, especially in youth football. Nigeria has won the World Cup five times and Ghana has won it on three occasions.
“It’s just unfortunate that Ghana, Niger and Cote d’Ivoire will not play in the Africa competition. CAF must change the format; I still congratulate Ghana even in defeat.”