Nigeria vs Guinea: Golden Eaglets fail to reach U-17 Nations Cup final

Nigeria vs Guinea: Golden Eaglets fail to reach U-17 Nations Cup final

- Nigeria vs Guinea saw the Golden Eaglets suffer a 9-10 defeat to their opponent in the first semifinal at the ongoing CAF U-17 Nations Cup

- Both teams were involved in a thrilling penalty shootout that witnessed 19 kicks before Nigeria's Ogaga Oduko missed his strike

- The Eaglets will now play the loser between Cameroon and Angola in the bronze medal match

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets failed to progress to the final of the ongoing U-17 Africa Cup of Nations final after suffering a 9-10 defeat on penalties in the first semi-final tie on Wednesday, April 24, in Tanzania.

The encounter saw both sides play out a goalless draw after 90 minutes of football before heading for the dreaded shootouts without the luxury of 30 minutes extra time.

And after 19 successful penalty kicks, Nigeria’s Ogaga Oduko failed to convert his strike in the tension filled game.

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Other Eaglets stars like Ibraheem Jabaara and Wisdom Ubani netted from the spot.

The Guineans had larger percentage of ball possession in the early minutes stages of the match but could not convert goal scoring opportunities.

Wisdom Ubani missed Nigeria’s first real chance to break the deadlock in the 12th minute, with his effort off target.

The match also saw the Junior Sylis dictating the tempo of the match as the Eaglets played second fiddle.

Aside from Ubani's misses, Akinkunmi Amoo was also guilty of poor finishing after he failed to beat Sekou Camara, with the goal at his mercy.

Before the end of the first half, Amoo cropped an injury and was replaced by Olakunle Olusegun, but Nigeria continued to struggle in front of the goal.

In the second half, the Eaglet continued applying the pressure as Ubani continued to threaten the Guineans, but shot-stopper Sekou Camara was on hand to make a save.

Fawaz also had a crack at the Guinean goal from over 20 yards but the effort was off target.

The Guineans had their own chance to net but Bah failed to make decent use of the opportunity.

Ubani missed another sitter to put Nigeria in the lead after a good team play but he failed to direct his shot.

And moments later, he watched helplessly as his lovely free-kick was deflected to the crossbar.

The Eaglets also had a last minute chance to score but the Guineans held on to drag the matches to penalty shootouts immediately.

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After 19 penalty kicks were converted, Eaglets left-back Oduko failed to score his effort to hand Guinea the ticket to play in the U-17 Nations Cup final.

The Eaglets will now play the loser between Cameroon and Angola in the bronze medal match.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets confirmed their spot in the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil after battling Uganda’s Cubs to a 1-1 draw at the Chamazi Stadium on Saturday, April 20, to progress to the semi-finals of the ongoing CAF U17 Nations Cup in Tanzania.

Before the commencement of hostilities, all the four teams in Group A had a chance of progressing to the semi-finals and the World Cup in Brazil later in the year, but the Eaglets maintained their top spot after Ibraheem Jabaar netted the equalizer to send the Cubs parking from the tournament.

The encounter saw Olakunle Olusegun starting from the bench as Jabaar started in attack as Nigeria dominated the proceedings in first half, with Uganda’ Cubs opting to soak the pressure, and play on the counter at any given chance.

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