By Koffi Rapheal
Golden Eaglets failed to defend their WAFU U17 Zone B title after they were beaten 3-2 by Ivory Coast in the tournament showpiece that took place in Lomé the Togo capital, on Monday night.
The Baby Elephants have emerged as a tricky foe for Nigeria, beating the five-time world champions 1-0 in both countries opener twelve days ago.
In the 15th minute, Ivory Coast broke the deadlock through Sindou who slotted home following a corner. Seventeen minutes later goalkeeper Emuwahem made a great save to deny the opponents from doubling their lead.
Abdrumane Konate made it 2-0 for the Ivorians just before the hour mark and the Fatai Amoo-led side had a mountain to climb as substitute Seydou Traore scored a third for Ivory Coast with six minutes remaining.
Ahmed Abdullahi, on as a substitute in the 65th minute, scored two late goals but the Golden Eaglets ran out of time to find an equaliser.
Despite the loss, Nigeria have qualified for the 2021 Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Morocco later this year.