Nigeria’s u-20 national team began the quest for a record-extending eight continental title on a disappointing note after suffering a narrow 1-0 loss to their Senegalese counterparts in their opening Group A match of the 2023 Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Egypt.
First half strike from Soumare Faye for the Young Teranga Lions gave the Senegalese the all-important victory.
The player also became the first player to score in the competition after Egypt and Mozambique played a barren draw.
Sunday’s performance was unexpected from the Ladan Bosso-led boys who, prior to their group opener, were unbeaten in 17 games.
While Senegal go straight to the top of the table, Nigeria fall to the bottom of Group A with no points.