Gallant Eagles B falter on penalties in opposition to Ghana

The Tremendous Eagles B got here fairly shut however ultimately misplaced out on penalties after a flaming battle with the Black Galaxies of Ghana resulted in penalty shoout-out heartache on the MKO Abiola Nationwide Stadium, Abuja on Saturday night. Ghana received the primary leg in Cape Coast 2-0 courtesy of a penalty kick award early within the second half and a late purpose scored on the counter, and opted for a contain-and-counter technique in Nigeria’s administrative capital. The plan labored for big swathes of an encounter dominated by the Eagles B, however two well-taken second half targets by Muhammed Zulkifilu and Chijioke Akuneto drew the fixture stage and meant the lottery of penalties would resolve the winner. Substitute Morice Chukwu crashed his kick, Nigera’s third, in opposition to the crossbar within the shootout handy Ghana the ticket to be at subsequent yr’s 7th African Nations Championship finals. He was the one one who failed to attain from the spot as Ghana received 5-4. Nigeria created a hatful of probabilities in a ferocious first half, however Babatunde Bello’s long-range photographs both failed to seek out goal or had been punched away by goalkeeper Ibrahim Danladi, and free headers introduced to Valentine Odoh and Zulkifilu had been wasted. The introduction of Akuneto within the second half introduced extra urgency to Nigeria’s sport, and the Eagles B shot forward within the 77th minute after Zulkifilu related residence gloriously from a pull-out. With the seconds operating out, within the fourth minute of time-added-on, Akuneto powered residence after a nook kick was flicked into his path by Samuel Amadi.    


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