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Africa, Under 20s

World Champions Defeated in African Under 20s

Nigeria celebrate a victory over the favourites for the tournament

Ghana have suffered a 2-1 opening day defeat in this year’s African Youth Championship.

Nigeria were the victors as the reigning African and World Under 20 champions will now need wins against Cameroon and Gambia to qualify for the semi-finals.

Uche Nwofor, renowned for his scoring ability in Nigeria’s nationa league, grabbed the opener after 17 minutes.

Richmond Boakye scored the equaliser 14 minutes later after a strong counter attack and a well-placed header.

19-year-old Nwofor got the winner to send the Nigeria squad into raptures with only 10 minutes remaining.

Ghana coach Orlando Wellington said he is optimistic that his side would cruise through the group phase with six points to grab in their next two games.
 
‘My team lost because of some tactical indiscipline from my players. We will go home and fix the problem so that we can win the next two games and qualify for the next round.
 
Meanwhile in Group B, Edgar Sally scored the only goal as Cameroon celebrated a 1-0 victory over Gambia to claim second-place in the group at this early stage.

South Africa lost 4-2 against Mali in Group A, despite expectations for them to qualify.

The host nation, who replaced Libya earlier in the year, will now need a win against Lesotho in their next game or they could face elimination.

Lucky Nguzana managed two goals for the hosts but Mali came strong and goals from Cheick Doumbia, Ibrahim Diallo and two from Kalifa Coulibaly gave them the victory.

Elsewhere in Group A, Egypt celebrated a 2-0 win over Lesotho. Mohammed Ghaly and Ahmed Hegazy shared the goals.

You can follow all the action on The Youth Radar as we celebrate the next batch of Africa’s finest.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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