The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on Wednesday, April 24 lost 9-10 on penalties against Guinea in the semifinals of the 2019 U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
After a goalless 90 minutes, it went straight to penalties which the Golden Eaglets lost to miss out on a place in the final of the 2019 U17 AFCON.
Guinea would believe they deserved to win as they dominated the game for most parts.
They started the better side as they passed the ball around well and pressed Nigeria. Although the Golden Eaglets managed to get into good positions in the Guinean box, their profligacy reared its ugly head again as they missed the few chances they could muster.
It was the same story for the 90 minutes as it finished goalless and without extra-time, the game went straight to penalties.
Both teams converted their spot kicks until Golden Eaglets Ogaga Oduko blazed his attempt, Nigeria’s tenth of the kick to send the Guineans who had converted theirs to the final.
Guinea will now face Cameroon who also needed penalties to beat Angola 4-3 after a goalless 90 minutes in the other semifinal game.
Nigeria will now take on Angola in the third-place match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salam on Saturday, April 27.
The Golden Eaglets are already through to the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup along with the other three semifinalists of the 2019 U17 AFCON.