African Games: Flying Eagles crash out after loss to Senegal


By Muhyideen Jimoh

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles were knocked out of the men’s football event of the 2023 African Games in Ghana on Friday after they were defeated by their Senegalese counterparts.

Flying Eagles were defeated 3-2 defeat by Senegal, though they took an early lead in the second minute of the match through a goal by Charles Agada.

Idrissa Traore, however, equalised for Senegal in the 21st minute when his low shot beat the time in the encounter in the match played at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Chibuzor Izuogu put Nigeria back into the game when he equalised to make it 2-2 through a brilliant free kick.

Pape Diouf converted from the spot for the winning goal to send Senegal to the semi finals.

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The Flying Eagles ended their campaign with only one victory against South Sudan, losing their opening match 2-1 to Uganda and 3-2 to Senegal.

Nigeria finished third in the group behind Uganda and Senegal, with South Sudan coming fourth.

After the match, Bosso said he was disappointed at the result and blamed poor preparation for the performance.

“I’m disappointed because this game was the best we have played so far in this tournament.

“I didn’t have enough time to scout for players and what I did was to watch few games in Uyo and other places. That’s where I saw the two Enyimba players, Daga and Chibueze,” Bosso said.

Nigeria won the men’s football silver at the last African Games in Rabat, Morocco in 2019 after a 2-0 loss to Burkina Faso in the final.(NAN)

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