The Flying Eagles of Nigeria, on Sunday emerged with the silver medals from the WAFU U20 Cup Tournament in Lome, Togo after a two –goal defeat by their counterparts from Senegal in the Final match.
The Nigeria Under 20 boys had beaten the host nation 3-1 in the tournament opening match and then ended the tournament by pipping the Senegalese 1-0 again in front of their fans in Dakar, to clinch the trophy.
On Sunday evening, Sagna Amadou got the Junior Lions of Teranga in front two minutes after the re-start, and Youssouph Badji made it two with 20 minutes left on the clock.
After a scoreless draw with Niger Republic, Paul Aigbogun’s wards thrashed Ghana’s Black Stars 4-2 to reach the semi finals from a depleted Group B – courtesy of the withdrawal of Benin Republic. In the semi finals, they prevailed over Mali 5-4 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1.
Senegal will play Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana in Group B (all – West Africa affair) at the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic.
The championship, which will produce Africa’s four representatives for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland, will take place 2nd – 17th February 2019.