Nigeria won a record seventh African Under-20 Championship title by beating hosts Senegal 1-0 in the final on Sunday in Dakar.
Bernard Bulbwa score settled a fiercely-contested 2015 Africa Under-20 football championship final between Nigeria and Senegal on Sunday as the Flying Eagles claimed their 7th U20 title with a 1-0 victory.
The hosts strated as the better of the two sides and almost got the first goal on six minutes but Joshua Enaholo’s great reflexes denied Malick Niang after a flowing Senegalese move.
The win cements Nigeria’s place as the successful country in the history of the championship, they now have three more titles than closest rivals Egypt.
Nigeria and the other semi-finalists from the tournament – Senegal, Ghana and Mali – have qualified for the Under-20 World Cup .
The Flying Eagles had already been placed in Group E with Brazil, North Korea and Hungary for the 30 May to 20 June event in New Zealand.
Senegal, Ghana and Mali learned their fate after a draw on Monday. Ghana are in Group B alongside Argentina, Panama and Austria; Senegal will face Qatar, Colombia and Portugal in Group C; Mali will battle it with Mexico, Uruguay and Serbia in Group D.
Senegal were all over Nigeria in the opening moments of the game and almost scored the opener in the 12th minute but Enaholo was outstanding again, this time denying Niang a sure goal with an unconventional stop with his feet from point blank range.