Seven-time champions Flying Eagles will on Saturday (today) fight South Africa’s Amajita in the third-place match of the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey.
The two sides are meeting for the second time in the challenge, having played a goalless attract their Group A diversion in Niamey.
The Nigerians lost their semi-last attach to Mali 4-3 on penalty after full and additional time finished 1-1 out of a touchy experience on Wednesday.
Mamadou Traore broke the gridlock for Mali on 77 minutes with a savage drive inside the region from Hadji Drame’s astute through ball.
The lead went on for nine minutes previously substitute Paschal Durugbor impacted in the equalizer to drive the match into additional time and punishments.
In the punishment shootout, Nigeria’s Valentine Ozornwafor and Aniekeme Okon both missed from the spot while Mali’s Boubacar Traore saw his exertion spared by Olawale Oremade.
Be that as it may, mentor Paul Aigbogun said his group was just unfortunate, however against South Africa on Saturday, his wards will shake off the misfortune and play with satisfaction.
“It was a troublesome match against Mali and we battled as it ought to however shockingly for us Mali won. We should now concentrate on the current diversion. I’m pleased with the young men and what they have accomplished,” he said.
The Flying Eagles topped Group An after 2-0 and 1-0 wins against Burundi and hosts Niger separately, and a 0-0 draw against Amajita, who set second.
In the interim, South Africa head mentor Thabo Senong is anticipating a troublesome match against Nigeria however is hopeful they will turn out with a positive outcome.
The Amajita endured a 1-0 thrashing to Senegal in their semi-last installation at the Seyni Kountche Stadium on Wednesday , following a possess objective which fell off safeguard Givemore Khupe in the 73rd moment.
“We played a 0-0 draw the last time we played Nigeria in our Group An experience,” Senong told journalists.
“Each amusement we take an interest in we generally approach it with the plan of winning it. A similar mentality will be connected in our third spot play-off match against Nigeria.”
Mali will confront Senegal on Sunday in the last and as indicated by Senegal head mentor, Youssouph Dabo, the match will be intense.
“Confronting Mali will be an alternate match since it is a last. We had beaten them in the primary amusement however I said it after that diversion that they can go far so I am not shocked to see them in the last,” Dabo said.
The last four groups in the challenge have met all requirements for the 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland.