WAFU Cup: Flying Eagles Beat Mali To Final Ticket
Nigeria’s U20 Boys, Flying Eagles, once more came from behind to excel, edging their Malian counterparts 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the Final of the WAFU U20 Cup Tournament in Lome, Togo on Friday evening.
Sambou Cissoko got the Junior Eagles of Mali in front after only 11 minutes at the Stade Municipal, but the Flying Eagles, who came from behind to tear apart Ghana’s Black Satellites 4-2 on Wednesday, were unruffled, and equalized two minutes into the restart through Valentine Ozornwafor.
There were to be no further goals in a keenly –contested second semi final, opening the gate to penalty shoot –out, which Nigeria edged to reach the final.
The tournament’s first semi final also went into penalties, as Senegal and Niger Republic ended it 2-2 in regulation time.
Ousseynou Niang and Souleymane Aw netted for the Junior Lions of Teranga while Abdoulaye Salou Issah scored both goals for Junior Mena, who shocked Ghana 1-0 and held Nigeria to scoreless draw in Group B.
In the event, Senegal prevailed 4-2 on penalties.
This would be a second final clash between Nigeria and Senegal in a major tournament in three days.
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