Flying Eagles Beat Ghana Through to AYC Final

Goals from Obinna Nwobodo and Muhammed Musa secured Nigeria’s passage to the final of the African U-20 Championship at the expense of perennial rivals Ghana in Dakar on Wednesday.

Nwobodo placed the Flying Eagles in ascendancy before the break, when he headed home from Musa’s corner.

The skipper converted from the penalty spot in the 71st minute at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor.

The win set Nigeria on the part of a showdown clash with either of Group B winners Mali or host nation Senegal in Sunday’s final.

Ghana threw caution to the winds on several occasions in a bid to force their way back into the game.

Usman Sale ought to have opened scoring for Nigeria as early as the third minute but goalkeeper Michael Sai did well to gather the ball off his feet right inside the box.

Ghana threatened after nine minutes when danger man Yaw Yeboah dashed into the box by goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo was alert to block out the danger.

Enaholo also tipped for a corner a goal-bound free kick by Yeboah two minutes later, before Sale failed to connect for the Flying Eagles from inside the box.

Nigeria will come close again after 25 minutes, when a shot came off the post and on the half hour Enaholo again denied Yeboah with a fine save.

Yeboah again saw his effort from top of the box come off the post two minutes later.

Enaholo will save a snapshot by Cliffird aboagye in the 39th minute.

In the 44th minute, Musa saw his free kick clipped the crossbar.

There was also a superb solo run by man of the match Nwobodo but his final shot missed the target.


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