Flying Eagles yesterday thrashed visiting Amajita of South Africa 3-1 in the second leg of the African Youth Championship qualifiers to book a place in next year's tournament to be hosted in Algeria with a 4-2 aggregate score.
Abudul Jaleel Ajagun scored a brace and Alhaji Jero made it three in the thrilling encounter decided at the Ilorin Township Stadium.
Flying Eagles' coach John Obuh expressed satisfaction with his team's performance adding that the hardest task was now to defend the title they won in South Africa in 2011.
In other matches, Benin beat Senegal to qualify, while 2011 second placed Cameroon were eliminated by DR Congo with a 4-2 aggregate score.
Benin recorded a double over Senegal on Saturday courtesy of an 85th minute winner by Raimi Kola in Dakar to advance to Algeria 2013 on a 4-1 aggregate.
The little West African nation will feature in their second AYC after they hosted the 2005 edition of the competition and qualified to play in that year's FIFA U20 World Cup.
Gabon will also be in Algeria after they defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 at home to advance 4-2 on aggregate. Mali also booked their passage to the biennial tournament proper after they dumped Zambia 3-0 in Bamako. The first clash ended in a 2-2 draw.