Shock as Uganda stun Nigeria

Edwin  - CEO March 7, 2024
Updated 2024/03/08 at 5:32 AM
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Nigeria versus Uganda African Games 2024 Image credit: CAFonline
Nigeria versus Uganda African Games 2024 Image credit: CAFonline

Senegal defeats South Sudan at Africa Games opener



CAFonline reports that Uganda pulled off a stunning upset by defeating powerhouse Nigeria 2-1 in the Group B clash of the African Games’ men’s football competition on Thursday in Accra.

The Ugandan U20 side showcased remarkable resilience and skill, securing their victory with Kiza Usama opening the scoring in the 33rd minute.

Despite a valiant effort from Nigeria’s Sadiq Muhammad, who scored in the 37th minute, Uganda’s determined performance sealed the unexpected result.

Ivan Irinibabazi struck in the 81st minute to send the Ugandans into ecstasy as they held on in the remaining minutes to seal the famous win.

Meanwhile, in the first Group B encounter, former champions Senegal clinched a hard-fought 1-0 win over South Sudan.

Mamadou Lamine Sadio’s decisive goal in the first half highlighted Senegal’s prowess and experience in continental competitions.

This marked South Sudan’s inaugural appearance in the football competition of the African Games, while Senegal, boasting a rich history in the tournament, proved their mettle as former champions.

Senegal’s lineup featured several players promoted from their U17 World Cup-winning squad, which was coached by Serigne Saliou Dia. Dia also leads the team in the ongoing competition in Accra.

The victory sets Senegal on course for further success in the tournament as they aim to add another title to their illustrious record.

With these thrilling encounters setting the stage alight, anticipation mounts for the following fixtures. Nigeria is set to face South Sudan in their upcoming group game on Monday, while Uganda prepares to take on Senegal in what promises to be another electrifying matchup.

The excitement continues on Friday as hosts Ghana go head-to-head with Congo, while Gambia clashes with Benin, offering fans a feast of footballing action at the African Games.


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