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Nigeria beat South Africa for bronze
01-31-2009
           
 
 
Nigeria's Flying Eagles claimed bronze at the ongoing 16th African Youth Championship with a 2-1 victory over the Amajita of South Africa in their third place play-off match on Saturday at the Regional Stadium in Kigali.
 
Frank Temile's effort on the stroke of half time was enough to land the five-times winners  the bronze medal and also avenge a 2-0 loss at the group phase.
 
After beating the tournament favourites in their earlier meeting, the Amajita were expercted to replicate a similar feat, but erratic shooting in front of goal robbed them of a similra feat.
 
Midfielder George Maluka opened the scores for the South Africans on eight minutes with a long drive that beat Nigerian goalie Uche Okafor before Rabiu Ibrahim drew parity with a close range shot seven minutes later.
 
Temile put the Nigerians in the lead for the first time on the stroke of half time as he flicked past on rushing South African goalie Pule Boalefa, who had come-off his line to clear a challenge.
 
The South Africans had the better of the exchanges in the second half characterised by near misses from the two sides.
 
Maluka who remained a nuisance to the Nigerian defence was unlucky at drawing equal as his shot on 65 minute kissed the cross bar with Nigerian goalie Okafor completely beaten.
 
The Nigerians also came close in their quest to authenticate their lead but Gani Oseni and Yakubu Alfa saw their free-kicks hit the upright in the 74th and 81st minutes respectively.
 
The Amajita multiplied in attack during the closing stages but were unsuccessful in their bid for the equalizer.
 
This is the Flying Eagles' third bronze at the biennial championships after 1981 and 1995.
 
On Sunday, Ghana will meet Cameroon in the grand finale at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.
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