Nigeria lost despite dominating proceedings for 90 minutes.
The Junior Eagles of Mali on Sunday 17, March 2013, defeated defending champions Nigeria by a lone goal at the ongoing Africa Youth Championship in Algeria to start their campaign on the right footing.
The victory for the Malians came off a 12th minute strike from A. Niane, and despite Nigeria dominating play all through 90 minutes, they failed to get the leveler let alone a winning goal.
For the Malians, Sunday’s victory will be a perfect way to avenge the 4-1 annihilation their senior team suffered at the hands of the Super Eagles at the last Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Kayode Olarenwaju, Abudul jelli Ajagun and the rest of the Coach John Sam Obuh-tutored side tried fruitlessly to break the duck but were undone by poor finishing most times.
For some, Sunday’s result might not be surprising as the Flying Eagles have somewhat been inconsistent in their tune up matches heading to the championship proper in Algeria.
The second game in the group, between Congo DR and Gabon, will be played immediately after.
Should that game end in a draw, defending Champions, Nigeria, will be at the bottom of the group.
Nigeria will have to avoid defeat in her next game if the twin ambition of defending her title and qualifying for the World Cup in Italy is to be achieved.