After losing 1-0 to Senegal in their opening Group A encounter of the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Egypt, the Nigerian Under-20 team, the Flying Eagles, had a poor start to their quest to capture their record-extending eighth continental championship.
Five minutes before the first half’s finish, Souleymane Faye scored the game’s lone goal. With this defeat, Nigeria now has 0 points and is at the bottom of Group A, making their upcoming match against Egypt, the host country critical.
The Flying Eagles, who entered the competition with a lengthy undefeated streak that included victories against Zambia and Congo in the previous few weeks, would be upset with the outcome. Despite controlling the opening exchanges, they let the Senegalese gain control of the match and set the tempo.
The Senegalese took the lead after Faye, who was left unmarked in the danger zone, scored on a rebound after Nigeria failed to capitalize on their opportunities. The Eagles struggled to recover after the loss and, although a little improvement in the second half, Senegal’s defense performed well to contain the Nigerian attack while attempting to launch counterattacks.
Onuche Ogbelu’s long-range attempt in the 88th minute was Nigeria’s first shot on goal, but Landing Badji easily stopped it. As stoppage time approached, Flying Eagles substitute Ahmed Abdullahi was dismissed for committing a second bookable offense. Senegal immediately moved ahead of the Nigerian squad at the top of the standings. T
The following Group A match between Egypt and Mozambique resulted in a scoreless tie, giving both sides a point.