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.
SOUTH AFRICA VS NIGERIA (0-0)-HIGHLIGHTS-AFCON U20 CUP OF NATIONS
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.