Nigeria’s Deaf Eagles yesterday lost 0-1 to Mali in the final at the West Africa Deaf Football Union tournament held in Sierra Leone.
The Malians are now the champion of the 9th West Africa Deaf Football Union tournament.
Inclusive News Network had sent messages to the Chairman of Nigeria Deaf Football Association, Kabiru Umar but couldn’t get his responses.
Deaf Eagles had earlier defeated Mali 2-1 in the final in 2017 in Mali but couldn’t repeat the same feat in the 2019 Championship.
In other news, Nigeria’s Home based Super Eagles crashed out of the 2019 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations after penalty shoot-out saw them lose 3-2 to Cape Verde when the 90 minutes ended 1-1 at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies, Senegal, on Saturday.
The Super Eagles controlled the possession stakes in the first half of the match but struggled to create significant goal scoring chances.
Nigeria’s first real threat on goal came on the half-hour mark when Williams Ukeme tried his luck from 24 yards out, but his effort went off the target.
Cape Verde, on the other hand, saw very little of the ball until the final five minutes of the half when they almost scored twice.
First, in the 43rd minute Erickson Soares drove down the left flank and into the box, showing great pace to get pass his attacker, but he fumbled his 14-yard shot straight at the keeper.
Then a couple of minutes later Aires Fernandes found some space on the edge of the Nigeria side, but he fired his attempt inches over the target as the half ended goalless.
The Blue Sharks almost scored again a minute after the restart when a deflected 20-yard shot from Hernan Cardoso shaved the wrong side of the woodwork.
It was all Nigeria after that and only a matter of time before they found the back of the net with the opening goal coming in the 65th minute courtesy of Sikiru Alimi, with the Super Eagles player pouncing on a loose ball from a couple of yards out following an initial save by the Cape Verde keeper off a Effiong Ndifreke shot.
Cape Verde threw players forward after going behind and managed to find the equaliser four minutes from time when Cardoso headed home a corner-kick from eight-yards out to see the match end 1-1.
It was a penalty shoot-out from Nigeria with Reuben Bala Yakubu, John Lazarus and Oluwadamilae Olatunji all missing their spot-kicks as Cape Verde ran out 3-2 winners.