Rabat 2019: Flying Eagles eye gold against Burkina Faso today

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1973 champions Nigeria will look to win their first gold in men’s football tournament of the African Games when they take on Burkina Faso in the final of the event.

The Gold medal final match will be played Friday (today) from 5pm.

Both teams played out a 1-1 draw when they first clashed in a Group A game, which the Flying Eagles ought to have won but for poor finishing.

On Tuesday, the Flying Eagles thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Detan Ogundare avenged a 2019 U20 AFCON loss to Mali by beating their West African rivals 5-4 on penalties after both teams failed to score in regulation and extra time.

Burkina Faso also reached the final after they edged past Senegal 5-4 on penalties after they played out a 1-1 draw even after extra time.

The seven-time African champions edged a memorable encounter with Mali in the semifinals, which went into extra time, penalty shoot-out and sudden death session before they could be separated.

Burkina Faso’s U20 side also had to endure the gruel of penalty shoot-out to oust Senegal in the second semifinal, and Friday’s battle for gold will be no contest for weak bones.

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