Flying Eagles head coach Paul Aigbogun is disappointed to see his charges end their campaign at the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niamey on a negative note following a 5-3 penalty shoot-out defeat to South Africa in Saturday’s third-place match.
The West Africans dominated proceedings inside the Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey but were unable to break down the Amajita, who were resolute in defence.
Penalty shoot-out was required to determine the winner after both teams failed to find the back of the net in regulation time.
It was however the South Africans that carried the day converting their five kicks with the impressive Ibrahim Alhassan missing for Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t score during the 90 minutes and it goes to penalties like the semi-final and it’s anybody’s game, and unfortunately, we lost,” Aigboguntold reporters after the game.
“I don’t think you can train penalties well. Our first penalty taker lost and he has been taking all our penalties.”