The Junior Eagles of Mali have qualified for the final of the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations after they beat Nigeria’s Flying Eagles 3-4 on penalties on Wednesday

After playing 1-1 in regulation time, the Malians held their nerves to beat Nigeria in the ensuing penalty kicks in the nervy semifinal match played Wednesday at the at the Stade General Seyni Kountche.

It will be Mali’s first ever final match since the competition began in 1991. The Malians had taken a late lead in the 78th minute through Mamadou Traore, it was the first time in the competition that the Flying Eagles had conceded a goal.

But Paul Aigbogun tutored side soon make amends when with four minutes to regulation time, Paschal Durugbor leveled up for Nigeria.

The extra time produced no goal leading to the lottery of penalty shootout and with Nigeria losing two of their five kicks while Mali lost just one, it was the Junior Eagles that progressed.


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