Golden Eaglets fly over Mali

Nigeria's under 17 men team have qualified for the 2013 edition of the CAF African Youth Championship in Morocco. The Manu Garba led team defeated Mali by 4-0 on aggregate to book their place at next year's tournament.

The team scored a total of 21 goals in six matches and conceded just one. Their victory over Mali highlighted that the team cannot be bullied by players with 'big body structures'. The Nigerian Football Federation had earlier lodged a complaint to the Confederation of African Football about the age range of the Malians. The Francophone players looked over-aged.

The Eaglets won the two legs by 2-0 on each occasion. Nigeria has not been at the U-17 AYC since 2007 when they went on to rule the world. Nigeria hosted FIFA WYC in 2009, but they failed to qualify for the AYC in that year. The 2011 team failed to qualify.