The Flying Eagles of Nigeria beat the Junior Lions of Cameroon 3-2 after extra-time to lift the Africa Youth Championship trophy on Sunday.
The winning goal was scored two minutes into prolongations after both teams had separated 2-2 following 90 minutes of football.
Nigeria had drawn first blood at the 74th minute when a rare error by Cameroon’s centre-back allowed Nigerian striker Olanrewaju Kayode to beat goalkeeper Jean Efala for the opening goal.
Kayode was to come back five minutes later to haunt Cameroon pushing goalkeeper Efala to foul him for a penalty that was scored by the tournament’s best goal scorer Uche Nwofor (4 goals).
The Lions’ never-say-die attitude however got them back into contention for the title that has eluded them since 1995. Frank Ohandza shot from inside the box to reduce the tally to 2-1 at the 82nd minute. Cotonsport Garoua’s Edgar Salli added a second at the 85th minute to take both teams to extra-time.
Cameroon, who were playing their second prolongation in the competition, lost concentration in the opening minutes of this phase of the game and conceded a goal scored by substitute Terry Enyoh.
It is the second consecutive U-20 Cup final that Cameroon’s Junior Lions are losing. They were beaten 2-0 by Ghana two years ago in Rwanda.
We’ll be back with an overview of the cubs’ tournament.