Mali defeated the Flying Eagles of Nigeria four-three on penalties following a one-one draw after extra time in their semi-final match of the 2019 under-twenty Africa Cup of Nations at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on Wednesday. El Bilal Toure scored the decisive spot-kick after Aniekeme Okon missed his kick for Nigeria.
It’s the first time Mali have reached the final of the competition. The win for Jounior Mena of Mali avenged their loss to the Flying Eagles also on penalties at the U-20 WAFU Cup tournament in Lome, Togo last December,
The seven time winners of the Under-twenty AFCON, the Flying Eagles will face Senegal in the Third Place match on Sunday in Niamey.