The Gambia defeat Flying Eagles at the ongoing U20AFCON in Cairo…
The Gambia defeat the Flying Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 in their semi-final clash at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations (U20AFCON) in Cairo, Egypt to progress to the final.
A seventh minute strike by Adama Bojang settled the all-West African contest at the Cairo International Stadium as the Junior Scorpions sealed a final spot against Senegal.
Nigeria went into the game on the back of three straight wins after losing their opening game to Senegal but The Gambia were even more imperious, reaching the semi finals after having won all their games in the competition, keeping clean sheets on each occasion.
After a briskly good start, Ladan Bosso’s Flying Eagles imploded at the back when Onuche Ogbelu’s pass was intercepted and Bojang was set through on goal. The attacker kept his composure to finish beyond Chijioke Aniagboso in the Nigerian goal.
📹 HIGHLIGHTS: 🇳🇬 0-1 🇬🇲
A historic night for The Gambia who reach their first-ever #TotalEnergiesAFCONU20 final after beating Nigeria! 🦂 @Football2Gether pic.twitter.com/2bH482DuOI— #TotalEnergiesAFCONU20 (@CAF_Online) March 6, 2023
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Nigeria huffed and puffed throughout the first half but could barely threaten the Gambian goal despite a barrage of corner kicks. The Flying Eagles trailed at the break.
Bosso rang the changes before the hour mark and substitute Ahmed Abdullahi was the leading light among the substitutes with his tenacity and resilience winning the team a penalty kick after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.
However, the Belgium based forward undid all his good works when he dragged the resultant kick against the foot of the post with the Gambians clearing their lines.
Gambia were reduced to ten men at the nick of time when Haruna Njie was dismissed after a second yellow card but the Gambians held on for a memorable win which earned them a final spot at the U20 AFCON for the first time in their history.
Nigeria will face Tunisia in the third place match after the North Africans were outclassed by Senegal 3-0 in the first semi-final game decided earlier in the day at the same venue.