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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Nigeria crashes out of Under 17 African cup of nations tournament after losing to Guinea


Golden Eaglets were defeated in a thrilling penalty session by the Junior Sylis, who will play either Cameroon or Angola in the final

Guinea U17 are through to the U17 Africa Cup of Nations final after defeating Nigeria U17 10-9 on penalties in the first semi-final clash at the National Stadium, Dar es Saleem on Wednesday.

With the match finishing goalless after 90 minutes, no extra time was added and a penalty shoot-out followed, where Ogaga Oduko missed the crucial kick to end the Golden Eaglets' run.

Fresh off his goal-scoring showing against Uganda, Ibraheem Jabaar kept his spot in the line-up, with Wisdom Ubani leading the line for Nigeria.
The Guineans dominated the early proceedings and almost made it count through Algassime Bah, with Stephen Sunday's finger-tip save pushing the rasping effort onto the crossbar.

In the 12th minute, Ubani had the first crack at goal for the Golden Eaglets, but saw his fierce effort well wide off the mark.

In a rather uncharacteristic manner, Manu Garba's side relied on counter-attacks which resulted in Junior Sylis winning most of the battles in midfield, and so dictated the tempo of the game.

It was on one of such breakaways that Nigeria came closest to grabbing the opener - Ubani's finish, after being released at the right side of the box by Akinkunmi Amoo, beat Sekou Camara but was whiskers off the target.

Amoo, who was subbed off in the last game due to an injury concern, had Olakunle Olusegun come on in his stead before half-time, forcing Garba into a tactical rejig.
With Nigeria retreating into their shell in the second half, Ubani was denied a goal after Sekou Camara closed in on the striker.
Just before the hour mark, Fawaz tested the Guinean goal with a long-range effort which was slightly off target.

Ubani displayed brilliant hold-up play to carve out a chance for himself in the 72nd minute, but dragged his shot wide of the target, before seeing a lovely free-kick deflected to the crossbar two minutes later.
Nigeria had late chances to win the game, with Alfred Olaniyan coming close in injury time, but the Guineans held firm to extend the game to penalties.

After a series of successful penalty kicks, left-back Oduko flashed his effort high to gift Guinea U17 a spot in the final.

The Golden Eaglets will play the loser of the match between Cameroon and Angola in the third and fourth place play-off.


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