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Significant lessons as Gambia shocks Nigeria in CAF U-20 African Cup Of Nations Semi-Final


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Nigeria was handed a shocked defeat by the resilient West African side Gambia as the Gambian side piped the Flying Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 in the encounter.

A misplaced pass fell into the path of Gambia forward Adama Bojang who finished with aplomb to give his side a 1-0 lead in the contest.

It ended up being the decisive goal as Nigeria failed to come on board when it was highly expected of them.

And with the defeat Nigeria suffered against Gambia, here are some of the significant lessons we’ve learnt from Nigeria’s ouster from the CAF U-20 African Cup of Nations.

Revenge Mission Missed

Nigeria’s defeat to Senegal in the group stage was not well taken by any means. And the flying Eagles at the back of their minds may be hunting for a revenge mission following that opening day defeat.

But losing to the Gambia side in the Semi-final simply means that Nigeria’s chance of paying Senegal back in the form of revenge cannot be attained. As Gambia would be the side joining Senegal in the U-20 African Cup of Nations final.

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Title Dreams Aborted

Nigeria may be the most successful team at this level after winning the U-20 Championship seven times. While Perennial rivals Ghana comes closest with four titles to their credit.

But with the way the Senegalese side is popping up with impressive performance in all spheres of African football, should be a worrisome one for Nigeria if her dominance with the popular mantra, African giants would not be a thing of the past.

Just as the chance of winning the 8th title has been aborted after the defeat to Gambia in the Semi-final.

Flying Eagles needs a massive upgrade

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The U-20 side led by Ladan Bosso has a lot of improvement to do. Many Nigerian soccer fans have voiced their frustration about the depth of talent in the Nigerian U-20 squad.

It’s pathetic as the team struggled going forward in transition. They needed an own goal to navigate their way past Uganda for a World Cup place.

Thank God that it was achieved, otherwise, the whole tournament would have been a mess from Nigeria’s football perspective.

The team must be improved ahead of the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

While quality strikers amid creative (players) midfielders should be scouted, if Nigeria will make a lasting impression at the tournament slated later in the year in Indonesia.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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