U-20 AFCON: South Africa hold Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, delay World Cup ticket

The Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, will have to play their final group game before they can be assured of a place in the semi-final of the ongoing U-20 Africa Cup of Nations. Qualification for the semi-final would also secure one of the four tickets for the World Cup.
The Coach Paul Aigbogun tutored side were held to a barren draw by South Africa on Tuesday at the Seyni Koutche Stadium in Niamey. That means their qualification for the World Cup and the semi-final of the tournament is still hanging in the balance. The Flying Eagles had won their first game 2-0 against Burundi and they had been tagged as the favourite against the Amajita of South Africa.

South Africa had played a 1-1 draw against host Niger in their group opener; hence they needed a good result to stay in contention. In Tuesday’s second group game, the Flying Eagles dominated the early exchanges and pegged back South Africa.


The duo of Maxwell Effiong and Nazifi Yahaya, who both scored in Sunday’s game against Burundi, posed a constant threat to South Africa. But goalkeeper of the Amajita did well not to allow any ball in.

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