The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria were given a rude awakening on Monday as they lost 3-2 to Burkina Faso in their opening match in the 2019 U17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The match lived up to its billing as both coaches paraded strong sides in a five-goal thriller.
Burkina Faso started the game strongly dictating the pace and scored the opener as early as the 4th minute through Albert Outtara.
Issa Ouedrago compunded the woes of the Eaglets with the second goal of the game in the 6th minute of thrilling action.
The Eaglets responded almost immediately through Samson Tijani who pulled one back for the Manu Garba managed team.
Not only did they score, the Eaglets dominated game throughout the first half.
They were back on level terms thanks to Olakunle Olusegun Junior.
Back from recess and both coaches will make a couple of changes to their teams.
But it was the Baby Etalon whose change that had an effect on the scoreline as they broke the spine of the Eaglets with the crushing winner on 79 minutes.
3-2 was how it ended with Burkina Faso the elated side.
The Eaglets will tackle Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday before rounding off the group phase against Benin Republic on Sunday.