….Guinea edge Nigeria 10-9 on penalties to reach final
The Junior Syli Nationale Stars of Guinea have defeated Golden Eaglets of Nigeria to make it to the final stage of the ongoing Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.
Guinea and Nigeria battled out a scoreless 90 minutes in the first semifinal of the 13th Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania, before a marathon penalty shoot-out that ended when Ogaga Oduko heaved his effort sky-high to send
Ogaga Oduko lost his kick in the thrilling penalty session, giving the game to the Guineans to win.
The Golden Eaglets were eyeing a third continental title having only recorded successes in 2001 and 2007. They did give a good account of themselves right from the opening game against the hosts, Tanzania, who they beat 5-4 in a thrilling nine-goal thriller.
The team then defeated Angola before playing a draw with Uganda to finish top in Group A.
The result means Nigeria, already with a ticket to the FIFA U17 World Cup finals holding in Brazil later this year, will battle for the third place at this tournament on Saturday.
Nigeria had late chances to win Wednesday’s semifinal game but the Guineans held firm to extend the game to a penalty shootout.
The Golden Eaglets will now play the loser between Cameroon and Angola for the third place.