UFOABU20: Niger hold wasteful Flying Eagles, qualify for semis

UFOABU20: Niger hold wasteful Flying Eagles, qualify for semis

Niger’s national Under-20 team, the Junior Menas on Sunday held their Nigerian counterparts to a 0-0 draw in a group stage game of the West African Football Union (WAFU) (UFOAB) zone Under-20 Championship to qualify for the semi-final of the competition going on in Lome, the Togolese capital.

The Nigeriens defeated Ghana 1-0 in their opening game on Friday bet met a stiffer opposition in Nigeria’s Flying Eagles at the Stade Municipal de Lome on Sunday evening.

Paul Aigbogun’s Flying Eagles were however undone by poor finishing on the night as they failed to convert the numerous scoring chances that came their way.

Akwa United winger Aniekeme Asuquo was the star of the Nigerian side on the day while substitute winger Victor Boniface also caught the attention of football lovers at the Stade Municipal.

Niger, whose star Ismael Issaka Souley was named the game’s most valuable player will now wait until Friday before playing their next game in the competition – the semi final.

Nigeria, captained by Enyimba left back Ikouwem Udo Utin have a winner takes all clash with Ghana on Wednesday to determine who joins Niger in the semi-final.

In Saturday’s games, Mali defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 while hosts Togo were beaten by the same scoreline by the Junior Teranga Lions of Senegal.

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