The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria saw their run at the ongoing tourney halted by Guinea in the semis as both teams battled out a scoreless 90 minutes in the first semi final, before a marathon penalty shoot-out that ended when Ogaga Oduko heaved his effort sky-high to send the Junior Syli Nationale into Sunday’s final.
Characteristically, the Eaglets Class of 2019 fluffed gilt-edged opportunities that would have long settled the encounter before the end of regulation time, and paid dearly in the lottery of penalty kicks as they would be battling for the bronze against Group A earlier opponents Angola instead of the gold medals.
In the other game, Cameroon also needed penalties to go past Angola after it ended goalless in regulation time. The shootout ended 4-3 and the Cameroonians will now face Guinea in the final.
All four semi finalists have qualified to represent Africa at the 2019 FIFA Under 17 World Championship later this year in Brazil.