Nigeria beat Uganda 1-0 to reach U-20 AFCON semi-finals and book World Cup ticket

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The Flying Eagles of Nigeria have booked their place in the U20 World Cup billed for Indonesia later in the year. 

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have booked their ticket to the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia and advanced to the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations after a convincing 1-0 win over Uganda on Thursday.

The decisive goal was scored by Ibrahim Jabaar in the first half when he headed in a cross from Wisdom Ubani to put Nigeria ahead.

The Flying Eagles, who have won the continental title five times, were in control of the game and had several opportunities to increase their lead, but were kept at bay by Uganda’s goalkeeper Jack Komakech and his stubborn defence.

Flying Eagles Coach Ladan Bosso.Photo:Daily Post

Uganda, who were participating in their maiden U-20 AFCON, tried to level the score in the second half, but could not find a way past Nigeria’s captain Valentine Ozornwafor and his fellow defenders.

Flying Eagles player, Abel Ogwuche was voted as Man of the Match in the 1-0 victory over Uganda on Thursday in the AFCON U20.

Ogwuche was handed a startingjersey following the suspension of Daniel Bamiyi who is serving match ban for accumulation of yellow cards.

In the 2023 CAF U20 African Nations Cup quarterfinal in Ismailia, the seven-time African champions edged out the Cranes of Uganda to win the semifinal and World Cup tickets.

He put on a strong effort during the game, giving the squad with the crucial block in the middle of the defense and preventing Ugandans from entering the defense.

Ogwuche was named the award’s winner by CAF via their Twitter account.

Ibrahim Juma’s goal at home in the match’s 30th minute gave the Flying Eagles a spot in the semifinals of the 2023 U-20 Nations Cup in Egypt.

Senegal had previously qualified for the semifinals and the World Cup during the first quarterfinals.



The victory means Nigeria have qualified for their 12th U-20 World Cup, while Uganda’s journey at the tournament came to a bitter end.

Nigeria joins Senegal as the two countries to have qualified for the World Cup scheduled to hold from May 20 to June 11.

The winners of the two remaining quarter-final clashes — Gambia/South Sudan and Congo/Tunisia — will join the two teams.


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