African Games: Bosso’s Flying Eagles wait on semifinal ticket as Falconets book their place 

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles won just one match at the African Games. || Shengolpixs /IMAGO

African Games: Bosso’s Flying Eagles wait on semifinal ticket as Falconets book their place 

Joba Ogunwale 07:35 - 12.03.2024

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles secured their first win in the competition but are not guaranteed a place in the last four of the men’s football tournament of the African games. 

Nigeria’s U-20 team bounced back from their opening day defeat at the ongoing African Games with a hard-fought win over South Sudan at the University of Ghana Stadium. 

Bosso's men bounce back from Uganda loss

Ladan Bosso’s Flying Eagles had started their campaign with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Uganda in their first group game. 

As a result, they went into the clash against South Sudan with pressure on their shoulders. The Flying Eagles did not start well, though, as they struggled to break down a stubborn South Sudan defence. 

Although they dominated possession, Bosso’s men failed to fashion clear-cut chances in the first half of the encounter. 

The second half was more of the same, with the Flying Eagles failing to create any clear opening in attack. 

However,  Bosso’s men were eventually given a lifeline 12 minutes from time after they were awarded a penalty. 

Sadiq Isyaka stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to put the Flying Eagles ahead. Isyaka’s penalty turned out to be the only goal of the game as Bosso’s men held on for the win. 

The win puts the Flying Eagles on three points and in a good position to qualify for the semifinal of the competition. 

Bosso’s men are currently joint-second with Senegal, who lost 1-0 to Uganda in the other group game. 

The Flying Eagles’ next game is a clash with the Teranga Lions in a direct shootout for the second spot. 

Falconets book Semifinal spot

While the Flying Eagles are yet to book their place in the semifinal, the Falconets do not have that trouble after they sealed their place in the last four following a 4-0 win over the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal. 

Chris Danjuma’s ladies opened their campaign with a  2-0 win over Morocco and backed up their win against the Atlas Lionesses with another win over another Lioness. 

Loveth Edeh opened the scoring for the Falconets in the 13th minute before Motunrayo Ezekiel doubled the advantage five minutes after the break. 

An own goal from Senegal made it three moments later before Chioma Oliseh wrapped up a comprehensive win for Danjuma’s ladies.

The win ensures Nigeria’s place in the semi-final of the competition.