The Flying Eagles of Nigeria are flying back home empty-handed from the just concluded 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (U-20 AFCON) in Niger Republic.

They were beaten in the semi final by eventual champions, Mali.

While many thought the Nigeria's team will make up with a win in third-place match against South Africa, the Flying Eagles let themselves down again; losing on penalties to Amajita.

In all of those disappointments, there is some cheering news as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Ikouwem Udoh and Valentine Uzornwafor in the Best XI of the just concluded U-20 AFCON.

Senegal had the highest number of players – four, in the team of the tournament with Ibrahima Ndiaye, Diop Lopy, Hadji Drame and Hadji Badji making the CAF Best XI.


Newly crowned 2019 U-20 AFCON Champions, Mali like Nigeria, have two players; the goalkeeper, Youssouf Koita, and striker Mamadou Traore.

South Africa have only one player, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo in the team of the tournament.

Host nation, Niger and Burundi who didn’t reach the U-20 AFCON semi-finals have one player each in the team of the tournament, namely; Mahamadou Sabo and Chancel Ndaye.

The 2019 U-20 AFCON Best XI

1) Youssouf Koita (Mali)

2) Ibrahima Ndiaye (Senegal)

3) Chancel Ndaye (Burundi)

4) Valentine Uzornwafor (Nigeria)

5) Ikouwem Utin (Nigeria)

6) Diop Lopy (Senegal)

7) Mahamadou Sabo (Niger)

8) Hadji Drame (Senegal)

9) Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (South Africa)

10) Aliou Badji (Senegal)

11) Mamadou Traore (Mali)

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