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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

U-17 AFCON: CAF insist on 12 teams, dashes Nigeria's hopes

U-17 AFCON: CAF insist on 12 teams, dashes Nigeria's hopes

 The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has clarified that next year’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations will still have 12 finalists in attendance, as against the minimum of 16 teams being projected by African football enthusiasts.

This means that despite defeating host nation Ghana 3-2 in Tuesday’s third-place match of the WAFU B U17 Championship, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have not qualified for the finals, unless that decision is eventually reversed.

The CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations serves as qualification for the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the WAFU B regional tournament prodces the two teams from West Africa to qualify for the CAF competition.

“The final tournament will still have 12 teams,” CAF’s Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, informed all the African football federations as Allnews.ng scooped.

Expectations had been high among African football football that the 2025 Africa U17 Cup of Nations would be expanded, following FIFA’s allocation, at its Congress in Bangkok, penultimate week, of 10 slots to the continent for the 2025 FIFA U17 World Cup that Qatar has been designated to host.

Qatar will host five consecutive FIFA U17 World Cup finals beginning next year, each having 48 teams in attendance.

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