After three years in the limbo since their record-making fifth victory in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Nigerian side, Golden Eaglets will on Monday begin their revival into international prominence.
Incidentally, it is on the same soil where their ambitions were cut short two years ago that the Eaglets are starting from. In 2016, as World Cup holders, they were eliminated in the continental qualifications by Niger Republic.
Now they are back to redeem their image as the team on Monday squares up with Burkina Faso’s Etalons in Niamey.
Both teams clash from 4pm in what is the second match of the Seven-Nation CAF U17 AFCON Qualifiers (WAFU B). Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin Republic play in Group A, with host Niger Republic, Ghana and Togo in Group A.
The exercise is to produce a zonal winner that will make it to the continental championship holding in Tanzania next year.
A new format approved for the competition at the CAF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly which took place in Rabat 13 months ago means countries in each regional bloc gather in one country within the bloc to play a qualifying tournament, as against the old format of home-and-away qualifying series.
Only the winning team from each of the blocs will qualify for the final tournament. The exception is the group that has the defending champions which will produce two teams.