12th African Games: Falconets eye gold as Flying Eagles aim for final ticket




Coach Madu takes charge in one of the training sessions

Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets will be battling for the gold medal of the 12th African Games women’s football , after a commanding 3-0 defeat of their Algerian counterparts in Rabat on Monday.

Cynthia Aku put daylight between Nigeria and Algeria with two goals in the first 25 minutes, scoring the first in the 16th minute of play.

Zainab Olapade made sure of a miserable afternoon for the North Africans with a third on the dot of the referee’s final whistle.

The Falconets will now play the winner of the second semi final between host nation Morocco and Cameroon for the gold medal.

Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles will on Tuesday take on their Malian counterparts in the semi finals of the men’s tournament.

The Flying Eagles drew with Burkina Faso (1-1) and Morocco (2-2) and South Africa (2-1) to reach the last four at this tournament.

To the seven-time African champions, the Malians are kind of familiar customers, after both teams also clashed in the semi finals of this year’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic. The encounter ended 1-1 in regulation and extra time but the Malians triumphed after penalty shoot-out.  

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