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Nigeria win 17th AYC Title
starman1989Date: Monday, 2011-05-02, 7:34 PM | Message # 1
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Nigeria's Under-20 football team, the Flying Eagles are the 2011 African Youth Championships (AYC) champions.

The Nigerians defeated Cameroon's Cubs 3-2 in a spectacular showpiece game at the Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg.

A fantastic second-half fight back by Cameroon saw the game finish 2-2 after 90 minutes.

A well-taken effort by Sharks midfielder, Terry Envoh, seconds into first half of extra time however proved to be the difference between the two sides as Nigeria claimed a record sixth AYC title at the expense of the only side to have beaten them in the competition.

The Flying Eagles bossed the possession and had the lion's share of clear-cut opportunities to signal their intentions of exacting revenge following the 1-0 reverse suffered at the hands the Cameroonians at the preliminary stages of the competition.

The Cubs started the brighter of the two sides with crisp passing and incisive movement. However, lack of imagination in the final third coupled with an alarming lack of precision in front of goal meant it was even Stevens at the half way point of the half.

. At this stage, the Nigerians were gradually coming into the game with Chidi Osuchukwu, Abduljelil Ajagun and Olarenwaju Kayode finding their bearing with some neat play and nifty footwork.

Predictably, the Flying Eagles began to create openings with Daniel Philemon, Gbenga Arokoyo and Kayode all coming close as the first half came to a frenetic halt.

. Nigeria continued to dominate at the restart and came close to breaking the deadlock on 62 minutes but Cameroonian keeper, Kenguep reacted quickly to stave off a great header from Osuchukwu.

With the pressure mounting on the Cubs', it was only a matter of time before the Eagles struck the vital blow and they did, in emphatic fashion, on 75 minutes.

Kayode, who had been a threat all afternoon, finally sprung the offside trap. Faced with Kenguep, the youngster showed remarkable composure as he rifled into the top corner with frightening force to give Nigeria a 1-0 advantage.

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