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I can’t imagine playing AFCON without Ghana, says Nigeria U-17 coach

WAFU B U-17 AFCON are still waiting on CAF to confirm the number of teams that will qualify for the 2025 U-17 AFCON

The head coach of Nigeria’s U-17 team, Manu Garba has urged the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to allocate extra slots to the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B after the Super Eaglets beat host Ghana to finish third in the 2024 WAFU B AFCON Championship.

The WAFU Zone B AFCON is a qualification tournament for the 2025 U17 AFCON, with the finalists set to compete at the biennial tournament, where the top four then booked tickets to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The Fifa U-17 World Cup has been expanded to 48 teams, with Africa expected to produce ten representatives from the U-17 AFCON for next year’s tournament in Qatar.

Following the expansion of the 2025 U-17 FIFA World Cup from 24 teams to 48 teams, Africa will now produce as many as nine or 10 representatives instead of the previous four.

WAFU B U-17 AFCON are still waiting on CAF to confirm the number of teams that will qualify for the 2025 U-17 AFCON.

Nigeria and Ghana could secure qualification to the U17 AFCON if the CAF decides to allocate two more slots to WAFU.

Speaking at the post-match press conference shortly after his side defeated the Black Starlets, Golden Eaglets manager Manu Garba made a case for four teams to qualify from WAFU Zone B to the U-17 AFCON.

Garba highlighted that the Golden Eaglets are the most successful team in FIFA U-17 World Cup history, with Ghana ranking third overall since the competition began in 1985.

“We have communicated with the Federation. They know that we started late and I believe we will prepare very well for the Africa Cup of Nations,” Garba told reporters.

“Ten countries are going to represent Africa in the World Cup. So I believe CAF will do well to take all four Nations from this tournament. Why? Because West Africa(WAFU) B is the stronghold of African football when it comes to African football.”

Nigeria is rated number one in the world at the U-17 level, followed by Brazil and then Ghana. ” We also have Côte d’Ivoire who have won bronze.

“Even Niger, why shouldn’t CAF give us four slots from this zone. I think it’s imperative for the WAFU officials to follow up on this.

“I cannot imagine playing an AFCON without Ghana or Nigeria.”

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