Guinea knocked Nigeria out of the 2019 Total Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in a 10-9 penalty shootout to reach finals of the tournament after a barren stalemate in normal time.
Ogaga David Oduko failed to convert Nigeria’s tenth spot kick which gave Guinea a ticket to the finals at the Benjamin Mkapa national stadium on Wednesday.
Despite being tipped to win the tournament by several spectators, Nigeria were the inferior side compared to Guinea who played with a lot of determination and it eventually paid off.
The Golden Eaglets managed only one shot on target in the whole game compared to Guinea’s four. The accuracy in the final third of the pitch on both sides was poor on the day probably because of the magnitude of fixture.
Guinea managed to convert all of their ten spot kicks to meet their dream as both sides were calm enough to prolong the shootout not until Oduko lost concentration and fired his otherwise.
The ten penalty takers for Guinea in Alya Bangoura, Alya Touré, Aboubacar Conté, Sekou Bangoura, Ahmed Keita, Mahmoud Bangoura, Algassime Bah, Ibrahima Fofana, Ibrahima Dabo and Mohamed Soumah all scored.
Nigeria’s nine spot kicks were scored by Ibraheem Jabaar, David Ishaya, Olakunle Olusegun, Clement Ikenna, Olatomi Olaniyan, Shedrack Tanko, Fawaz Abdullahi, Wisdom Ubani and Samson Tijani.
Guinea entered the game with a lot of confidence over Nigeria and this may be the factor behind their success over the Golden Eaglets.
“We will face Nigeria with confidence as our target is to play in the final and we are fully prepared for a tough semi-final duel with Nigeria,” Guinea’s head coach Souleymane Camara told the CAF website before the game.
“We are gunning for success and the appetite to push harder, as well as the confidence among my players, is growing each day,” he added.
Guinea are now waiting for the finals on Sunday and their main target is to go back in West Africa victorious.