Nigeria U17 are favourites to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final

The Golden Eaglets failed to clinch the bronze medal at the age-grade continental tournament in Tanzania

Nigeria U17 face Guinea U17 in the semi-finals of their Africa Cup of Nations billed for the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

The Golden Eaglets come into this decisive showdown as the favourites, having topped Group A with seven points.

Manu Garba's boys only dropped two points and that was in their final match against Uganda, belting out defeats to hosts Tanzania and fellow semi-finalists, Angola.

Their Guinean counterparts were only beaten by Group B leaders Cameroon - the first team to seal a U17 World Cup slot.

Substitute Momo Fanye’s winner against Morocco ensured that Mohamed Camara's side progressed past the group stage in second place, having defeated Senegal earlier.

For all their dominance in matches, the Golden Eaglets - aside from an amazing 5-4 win in the opener against Tanzania - have been disappointing in the final third.

In their last group game against Uganda, Olakunle Olusegun was dropped for goalscorer Ibraheem Jabaar and the striker justified his inclusion by drawing the game for Nigeria.

Exciting winger Akinkunmi Amoo was culpable for missing clear chances in that game, and he was taken off before the hour mark after receiving a knock. It is yet to be seen if the youngster, who has been a menace on the right of the Eaglets’ attack would be fit for the semi-final. 

Whoever Garba chooses to select against Guinea, returning to winning ways is definitely the watchword as a spot in the final remains at stake.