Nigeria were crowned CAF U-20 Championship winners for a record sixth time today after a thrilling 3-2 extra-time triumph over Cameroon. After a drab 70 minutes at Dobsonville Stadium, south west of Johannesburg, the game sprang to life as Nigeria took a two-goal lead only to surrender it.
Goals from Olanrewaju Kayode and Uche Nwofor rocked the Cameroonians, who had won a group match between the sides before keeping three clean sheets in four en route to the final. But the 'Indomitable Cubs' lived up to their nickname by refusing to accept defeat. ranck Ohandza and Edgar Sally scoring within four minutes to force 30 additional minutes.
The 'Flying Eagles' regained the lead two minutes into extra time through Terry Envoh, whose first goal of the biennial two-week tournament proved decisive. After winning four consecutive championships in the 1980s, Nigeria had to wait until 2005 for their fifth success in the U-20 competition.
The win for Nigeria will set them in good spirits for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011, where all four sides are set to feature, with the African champions set to face Croatia, Guatemala and Saudi Arabia in their group.