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U-20 WAFU Cup Final: Senegal Beat Flying Eagles To Claim Trophy

U-20 WAFU Cup Final: Senegal Beat Flying Eagles To Claim Trophy

Nigeria’s U-20 side, the Flying Eagles lost 2-0 to Senegal in the final of the 2018 U-20 WAFU Cup at the Stade Municipal de Lome on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Senegal dominated play in the first half but were unable to find a way past the Flying Eagles defence led by skipper of Ikouewen Udoh.


Sagna Amadou however netted the curtain raiser for the Senegalese two
minutes after the break.

The Flying Eagles fought hard to find the equaliser but were unable to find a way past Senegal goalkeeper, Dialy Ndiaye.

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Youssouph Badji however put the game beyond Nigeria when he scored the second goal of the evening in the 69th minute.

Earlier, Mali beat hosts Niger 2-1 to claim third position in the competition

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  • Wow, Senegal trouncing Nigeria here and there in the finals. Is that a statement about which country is the bigger powerhouse in African football? Already at the senior level, globally Senegal currently seems to be a more feared name than Nigeria. A match-up at Afcon will be interesting.

    Having said that, what is it with the CSN reporter covering this WAFU U20 competition? The final was played in Line, the reports says. Yet same report says the host is Niger. Obviously, all the previous corrections from forumites have been ignored.

    • @Kel, two issues:

      There is a reason Senegal are the number one rated team in Africa and we are 4th or 5th.

      We have a problem with preparing for competitions. We have a problem with running a league. We think that all we have to do is to assemble a team, a squad and that we will win.
      We always start competitions slowly and grow into them, but we will not always do so. Over half of our under 20 team that appeared at this competition have never played in an international competition brie, many of them have never even played in a club side or in a league. They are that green

      The second point, which is an easy mistake to make is the the Wafu under 20 competition was held in Togo. Niger will host the CAF under 20 competition in February next year

  • Senegal outplayed Naija and showed him who is boss in today football. tcheee

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    To be sincere Senegal will be the favorite going into the AFCON. SuperEagles will definitely be a contender, but Senegal holds the West African power rankings. The North Africans too will be hot favorites like Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. It’s going to be a very competitive AFCON especially with 24 teams participating.

  • Pompei 3 years ago

    Another team to watch for is Nabil Keita and co (Guinea). They are doing really well in the afcon qualifiers. Having said that, on current form, I think the four top contenders are Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and Nigeria.

    • Pompei, you have nailed it! With players playing for Liverpool, Fulham, Napoli etc, Guinea will be a sort of “dark horse team” in the AFCON.

      As a neutral, I will surely keep an eye on them.

      I have seen Nabil Keita play for Liverpool on a number of occasions and I tell you: we sure can do with a player of that quality and pedigree in our central/attacking midfield.

  • Fasasi Kunle 3 years ago

    This tournament was held in Togo not Niger but Niger is the host for Africa next year February.

  • finishing as runner up wil motivate them to try harder next year
    senegal got all needed bt i cnt jst stop supporting nigeria
    we wil spring up surprise,that u guys wil marvel at
    thank u all

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Senegal the best team in Africa??
    Well they have to prove it.Though for a decade now Senegalese football is on the rise and has been consistent in youth championships taking the place of Ghana as one of the front runners in African youth/senior football.
    Having said that,Senegal though formidable and assured lacks the mental strength to take a lead in African and world football despite the embarrassment of talents at their disposal.
    Their best tournament ever is the 2002 world cup where they got as far as the quarter finals which is a great feat but such feats are meant to give them that added strength and pedigree to do greater things in the continent and beyond but are found wanting till date.
    Lets analyse the recent under 20 tourney in Togo and possible reasons they bettered our own flying eagles.
    Paul Aigbogbun is a greenhorn and doesn’t have the experience of coaching a national youth side.Tournament like the one just held in Togo would definitely give him an insight of how to scout who to scout,tactics ect.their is no better way to learn when you are well beaten you shall learn and come back better with added experience especially going into the playoffs next year in Niger.
    Meanwhile,Manu Garba team beat Senegal even as host of the African playoffs and Nigeria has a better record than Senegal at every level other than beach soccer well who is bothered with beach soccer ha.They may have a couple of world class players doesn’t make them edge Nigeria they have to prove me wrong.
    Hopefully the Afcon next year is a platform for the underachieving Senegal to stake a claim at the summit of African football.
    God bless Nigeria.