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Africa, Under 20s

Nigeria and Cameroon to Contest African Final

Cameroon and Egypt contested a goalless draw before Cameroon triumphed on penalties

Nigeria and Cameroon will contest the final of the Orange African Youth Championships.

Both sides won their semi-final clashes against Mali and Egypt respectively.

Nigeria played a convincing victory against Mali with goals from Uche Nwofor, the tournament’s joint top goalscorer, and a last minute penalty from Stanley Okoro.

Nigeria mounted pressure on the Malians throughout the game whilst maintaining a stubborn defence.

Kayode Ayobami missed a golden chance for Nigeria but was forgiven when Uche Nwofor grabbed the opener.

Mali started to put more and more pressure on the Nigerians but saw no clear goalscoring opportunities.

Eventually a long ball by Nigeria over Mali’s defence forced the Malians to give away a penalty and Stanley Okoro calmly converted.

Cameroon are through to the final after defeating Egypt in a penalty shoot-out.

Songo’o Yann, Nyatchou Ndema Eric, Mvon M’beyo’o Gislain Rodriguez and Yaya Banana all converted their penalties whilst Ahmed Hegazi and Mohammed Hamdy missed theirs for Egypt.

That means that Mali and Egypt will contest for third place whilst Cameroon and Nigeria will face each other on 2nd May.

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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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