Nigeria U17 team popularly called the Golden Eaglet lost their opening game at the ongoing WAFU B African U17 Championship which is the qualifiers for the African Youth Championship proper in Tanzania.
The Nigerian team failed to pick a point from the game despite recovering from going down by two goals to nothing as early as the 15th minute of play to bring scores to 2-2 before the half time break.
A solo goal from Burkina Faso from a quick counter attack condemned the Nigerians to defeat but Owngoalnigeria.com correspondent was still able to identify five players who did well for Nigeria during the game.
Olakunle Olusegun – Aside scoring both goals for Nigeria he was full of energy and never stopped running for the good of his team. Took his penalty really well and despite tiring out in the second half he was still very much a threat.
Samson Tijani – The captain of the Nigerian side bossed the game in the midfield for Nigeria. Deployed as a defensive midfielder, his ability to turn defense into attack was one key element he displayed during the game.
Olatomi Olaniyan – Partnered Tijani in midfield and was very lively with or without the ball. Came close to scoring with a ferocious shot from far in the first half. More should be expected of him.
Akinwunmi Amoo – Left footed, quick and skillful. His show of strength in duels and abilities to skip past his markers was top notch during the game. He however still need to work on his final ball into the box.
Hassan Hussain – Has the potential to be a very good player in the nearest future. The playmaker of the Nigerian team covered himself in glory despite the loss as he was mostly involved in the smart exchange of passes that drew them applause during the game.