African Games: Flying Eagles win silver medal after losing 2-0 to Burkina Faso
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles settled for bronze medal at the men’s football event of the ongoing 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco. The country’s national U20 men’s team were handed a 2-0 defeat by Burkina Faso in the final of the games at the Boubker Aamar Stadium on Friday, August 30.
Djibril Ouattara opened scoring for Burkina Faso in the 24th minute, and six minutes later Ismahila Ouedraogo sealed the win for his side.
And for the rest of the game, coach Paul Aigbogun’s men failed to respond as the opponents won their first ever gold medal at the men’s U20 African Games football event.
This defeat however means that Nigeria will have to wait another four years to break the 46 years wait for gold medal at the Games. The last time the Flying Eagles emerged victorious at the tournament was in 1973 when they defeated Guinea 2-0 to win their only gold medal so far.
Meanwhile, Cameroon are the most successful team in the history of the championship with four gold medals in 1991, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Egypt are next to Cameroon on the chart with two golds – 1987 and 1995, while Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Congo and Senegal and most recently Burkina Faso have one gold medal each. Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria’s Falconets clinched the African Games gold medal following their 3-2 victory over Cameroon on penalties in Rabat on Thursday, August 29.
The country’s U20 women’s team reached the final of the championship after thrashing Algeria 3-0 in the semifinal clash few days back. Chris Danjuma’s ladies were however able to repeat the feat they achieved at the last four stage as the game was decided on penalties at the Stade Boubker Aamar Stadium.