2023 African Games: Isiyaka penalty keeps Flying Eagles’ semi-final hopes alive

2023 African Games: Flying Eagles start on losing note against Uganda

Sadiq Isiyaka’s penalty was the difference as the Flying Eagles of Nigeria defeated South Sudan 1-0 in their second Group B game at the 2023 African Games, keeping their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.

Ladan Bosso’s men succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Uganda in their group opener and needed a better result if they were to avoid having a disappointing outing in Ghana.

The game against the South Sudanese was a drab affair for most parts and it seemed the Eagles were heading for a draw until the 80th minute when the referee awarded a penalty and Isiyaka duly converted.

The victory earned Nigeria three valuable points which puts them level with Senegal who lost 1-0 to Uganda in the earlier Group B game.

The Hippos are through to the semi-finals, leaving the Nigerians and Senegalese to battle it out for second place in the final round of group fixtures while South Sudan will be playing for pride against Uganda.

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