The Golden Eaglets of have finished fourth at the 2015 AYC after losing 3-1 to the Syli Babes of Guinea in a 3rd/4th place playoff match at the Stade Général S. K.
Goals from Aboubacar Toure and Abdoulaye Keita in the space of five minutes gave the Syli Babes a 2-1 lead over the Golden Eaglets at half-time.
The game was off to a predictably fast start, with both sides looking to win the third place match at the Stade Général S. K.
After a couple of tame efforts, however, Eaglets had the lead twenty eight minutes into the
game, when Victor Osimhen bundled in a superb team effort.
Nigeria should have increased their lead not long after, when Abdullahi Suleiman was given far too much room and his header was saved by goalkeeper Moussa Camara.
Immediately after Suleiman forced the goalkeeper to the save, Nigeria looked distinctly second-best, struggling to craft any moves and surrendering possession to Guinea as soon as they did get the ball.
Guinea did find their equaliser. Aboubacar netted an absolute beauty into the far corner and over Akpan Udoh, stunning the Nigerian fans into silence.
Just as Guinea’s goal appeared to deflate Nigeria, the Syli Babes were in the lead Keita’s fantastic effort ends with an amazing goal.
Nigeria were probably looking the more likely team to level as half-time drew closer, but the Guineans held on.
After the break, Abdullahi wasn’t effective with his set-pieces as Eaglets struggled to create any clear-cut chances.
With thirty-one minutes left to play Guinea made another breakthrough as Keita powered in his second goal of the day.
Guinea were almost making it 4-1, but it took the bravery of Udoh to deny Alseny Soumah from scoring.
The clueless Nigerian side lacked the energy to take the game to their opponents and couldn’t shrug off the disappointments of crashing out to South Africa in the semi final on Wednesday.