The Flying Eagles of Nigeria faces a nervous wait to know if they will qualify for the semis of the WAFU B tournament in Benin Republic following their 1-0 loss to the Black Satellites of Ghana.

After playing a 1-1 draw against the Ivorians on Sunday, Nigeria’s Un20 side needed an outright win to secure a spot in the semis of the competition.

The Flying Eagles will yet again have themselves to blame for this poor result having played better than their Ghanaian counterparts the 90 minutes.

Coach Ladan Bosso’s men twice had the ball in the net but no goals were awarded on both occasions. The first was ruled out for offside while the second Nigeria goal was rightly disallowed for an initial handball.

Their hopes were left hanging by a thread when an 82nd-minute goal from a free-kick by Precious Boah condemned them to their first defeat of the qualifying tournament.

By virtue of the win, Ghana has qualified for the semifinal stage of the competition and a step closer to sealing their place at the Africa U-20 tournament in Mauritania next year.

The Flying Eagles will have to wait for Cote d’Ivoire vs Ghana game. If Ghana beat the Ivorians 2-0, Nigeria will progress to the semis. If the game ends in a draw or the Ivorians win, Nigeria will be out.



Deji is one of the leading Athletics journalists in Nigeria as he possesses a deep passion for PR and branding athletes. He has extensively covered a wide range of sporting competitions, both within and outside Nigeria, with a particular focus on showcasing African Sports Stories. In addition to his journalistic prowess, he is well-versed in Sports Management and Marketing.


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