No AYC Title for Nigeria U20 Team this Year

No AYC Title for Nigeria U20 Team this Year

No AYC Title for Nigeria U20 Team this Year

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.

Pharaohs of Egypt defeated the Flying Eagles 2-0 with ENPPI forward, Mahmoud

Abdel-Moneam Kahraba scoring both goals.

The Junior

defending champions started with a lot of buzz but their flurry of activities

counted for nothing.

The

first 10 minutes, Abduljeleel Ajagun's shot in Egypt's goal area was kept away

by the quick response of Mossad Awad.

Inside the

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.

There was

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

ball away.

Two minutes

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

catch.

Within a

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

minute.

Nigeria

scored their second goal with 10 minutes left from just three attempts on goal.

Egypt then

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.

The Flying

Bright Ejike then had two chances to score for Nigeria in the last six minutes

of the game.

Substitute

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.

He first

will now play in the losers' final at the Stade Ahmed Zabana in Oran on Friday.

Nigeria

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