Flying Eagles Share Points With Amajita, Now Eye Niger

  • 06,Feb 2019 12:11 PM
  • By Iwedi Ojinmah

Nigeria's U-20 national side, the Flying Eagles were yesterday held to a barren draw by South Africa's Amajita in their second Group A match of the CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niamey.

The game was the first of the tournament not to record a goal after full time.

The Flying Eagles had the most of the possessions and clear cut scoring chances in the match.

Nazifi Mohammed set to head the ball midway into the first half for a possible opener was denied by the South African keeper while Abubakar Ibrahim's speculative shot from the edge of the South African box in the 43rd minute was tipped over by the 'Amajita' goalkeeper Khulekani Khulebka for corner kick.

The pressing game deployed by the Nigerian side effectively in the first half somewhat cooled in the second half albeit Nazifu Mohammed's long range strike in the 78th minute almost broke the deadlock.

Nigeria's Paschal Durugbor pounced on a poor clearance by the South African keeper Kubehka but his rasping shot from a lovely swivel missed target.

The impressive South African keeper also saved a powerful shot from 25 yards from Muhammad Muhammad with five minutes left to play.

The Eagles will need a draw or outright win depending to confirm qualification for the semi-finals and ultimately the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

In the other Group A tie, hosts Niger defeated Burundi 3-1 to make brighter their chances of advancing to the semi-final stage, and securing a ticket to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

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