Abuja, Nigeria – (African Boulevard News) – Yahaya Lawali, the fullback for Nigeria’s U-17 national team, was named the TotalEnergies Man of the Match yet again, despite his team’s narrow 1-0 loss to Morocco in the TotalEnergies U17 AFCON on Saturday.
The 16-year-old defender put on another outstanding performance, demonstrating his rare talent in the game, even while playing in an unfamiliar position. Lawali put up a strong defense against Morocco’s attackers throughout the match, but Nigeria’s midfield and attack failed to create scoring chances.
Despite Nigeria’s defeat, the talented youngster received praise for his impressive display of skill and his ability to contain Morocco’s attackers. Lawali, who has been pivotal in Nigeria’s U-17 team’s journey to the semifinals, has been named the TotalEnergies Man of the Match for the second time in a row.
Lawali has been a standout player in the tournament, showcasing his versatility and technical abilities. He has been instrumental in Nigeria’s defense and has provided valuable support in the attack. In the group stage, Nigeria secured a spot in the semifinals with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cote D’Ivoire, with Lawali named Man of the Match.
Nigeria is eyeing a ticket to the final of the tournament, and Lawali’s excellent form will be crucial if they are to make it to the final. Lawali’s performance in the tournament has not gone unnoticed, with many football enthusiasts tipping him for a bright future, with some calling him the next big thing in African football.
Speaking on Lawali’s performance, Coach of Nigeria’s U-17 national team, Retired Coach Fatai Amoo, praised the youngster’s talent. “Lawali is a rare talent, he has been excellent in the tournament, and we are proud of him. Despite being just 16 years old, he plays with the confidence of a seasoned professional. He has a bright future ahead of him, and we are lucky to have him in our team,” said Coach Amoo.
In conclusion, Lawali’s performances in the tournament have been impressive, and despite Nigeria’s loss to Morocco, he has shown that he is a top-class talent. Fans of Nigeria’s U-17 national team will be hoping that he continues his excellent form in the semifinals and possibly the final, as they look to win their third TotalEnergies U17 AFCON title.