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PREVIEW: Black Starlets eye bronze against Golden Eaglets in 3rd place playoff in WAFU Championship

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The Black Starlets will, on Tuesday, cross swords with the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria in the 3rd place playoff of the 2024 WAFU Zone B Under-17 Championship.

The game that will kick off at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium at 16:00GMT promises fireworks as both sides aim for the bronze medal of the competition.

The Black Starlets, in a brilliant start to the competition, smashed Ivory Coast by 5-1 and lashed Benin 2-0 to top Group A.

The Starlets set up a date with Burkina Faso in the first semi-final game of the competition but failed to glitter, losing to the Burkinabes by 2-1.

The defeat to Burkina Faso in the first semi-final clash of the competition curtailed the dreams of the Black Starlets of winning the WAFU Zone B Under-17 Championship.

Nana Agyemang’s boys will have to settle for the bronze medal of the competition but that will only be possible if they are able to beat Nigeria in the 3rd place playoff on Tuesday afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ghana Coach Nana Agyemang is optimistic his boys will fight for the bronze medal.

“The boys are poised for action tomorrow,” he said after the team’s training.

“The boys know they have to give their all for the game tomorrow, so as to capture some silverware from this tournament hosted by Ghana,” he added.

Nigeria, on the other hand, despite their promising start to the competition, fell to Ivory Coast in the second semi-final of the competition, thus missing out on the final.

Nigeria who had registered a 0-0 stalemate with Burkina Faso in the opening game of the competition in Group B, worked hard to beat Niger by a lone goal in the second game before blowing away Togo by 3-0 to top their group.

The Black Starlets of Ghana have scored 8 goals in total, conceding just two in the competition while the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have scored 4 goals, conceding just one in the process.

The clash does not only promise fireworks, but also rekindles the rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria.

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