Nigeria, South Africa battle for third place

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will face the Amajita of South in Saturday’s third place match of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations. The match is taking place in the Republic of Niger.

The two sides will aim to finish on a high after losing their semi-final matches to Mali and Senegal respectively during the week.

Nigeria lost out on penalties following 1-1 draw after extra time against Mali while the South Africans lost to Senegal 1-0 courtesy of Givemore Khupe’s own goal twenty minutes from time.

The two teams will be meeting for the second time in Niamey after cancelling out each other 0-0 in the group stage of the tournament.

South Africa coach Thabo Senong is at his third successive Africa U-20 Cup of Nations tournament.

He failed to go past the group stages in Senegal four years ago then finishing fourth in the last edition in 2017 in Zambia and qualifying for the World Cup in South Korea.

Nigeria however is the most successful team in the tournaments history with seven titles but failed to defend the title they won in 2015 in Senegal when they didn’t qualify for Zambia 2017.

Senong told journalists: “Playing against Nigeria is another opportunity for us to face opponents of another calibre by putting this on the account of our preparation for the world. We will do our best since we play every game to win.”

Nigeria have kept three clean sheets in the tournament while South Africa has two and just two goals in their four matches.