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AFCON U-20: Nigeria win group stage Fair Play award




Record champions of the  U-20 AFCON Nigeria have won the Group Stage Fair Play at the 2023 TotalEnergies AFCON U-20 in Egypt.

The Technical Study Group of the tournament named the Flying Eagles who have shown professionalism, dedication, passion and discipline in the group stage of the 23rd edition of the biennial tournament.

Even though they lost their opening match to Senegal Group A the young Flying Eagles were seen congratulating their opponents and showing high sense of sportsmanship.

Ladan Bosso’s charges started their campaign with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Senegal at the Cairo International Stadium.

They rallied back to win the second match against hosts Egypt courtesy of Solomon Agbalaka’s towering header.


The WAFU-B champions secured their second victory in Group A of the TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations with a resounding 2-0 success over Mozambique in Ismailia to book a date with Uganda in the quarter-finals.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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