The hope of Nigeria's Flying Eagles of defending their African Youth Championship (AYC) title was ended by an organized Egyptian Under-20 team in Ain Temouchent, Algeria on Tuesday.
their African Youth Championship (AYC) title was ended by an organized Egyptian
Under-20 team in Ain Temouchent, Algeria on Tuesday.
Pharaohs of Egypt defeated the Flying Eagles 2-0 with ENPPI forward, Mahmoud
Abdel-Moneam Kahraba scoring both goals.
defending champions started with a lot of buzz but their flurry of activities
counted for nothing.
first 10 minutes, Abduljeleel Ajagun's shot in Egypt's goal area was kept away
by the quick response of Mossad Awad.
little to cheer about the opening half though Ovbokha Agboyi had to make a
brave clearance off the line to save Nigeria from going a goal down.
into the second half, the Flying Eagles were unable to clear their line as Omar
Bassam flicked a free kick into the path of an unmarked Kahraba, to stamp the
minute, Bassam was played through on goal but he could only chip the ball
awkwardly over onrushing Nigeria goalkeeper, Jonah Usman to gather at a second
came close to leveling the score when Olarenwaju Kayode shook off his marker
but instead only saw his side-footed effort blocked out by Awad in the 52nd
scored their second goal with 10 minutes left from just three attempts on goal.
Eagles showed their weakness of defending set-pieces as Kahraba, once again
unmarked this time at the far post, to nod home Ahmed Samir's free kick.
Bright Ejike then had two chances to score for Nigeria in the last six minutes
of the game.
broke free in a one-on-one situation with Awad but failed to convert as the
Egypt keeper cleared the ball off his feet and then in stoppage, Ejike lamely
struck inside the box at Awad who gathered the ball with ease.
will now play in the losers' final at the Stade Ahmed Zabana in Oran on Friday.