A jaw-dropping moment of quality from Bernard Bulbwa settled a fiercely-contested 2015 Africa U20 football championship final between Nigeria and Senegal on Sunday.
The hosts started the brighter of the two sides and almost got the first goal on six minutes but Joshua Enaholo’s great reflexes denied Malick Niang after a flowing Senegalese move.
Senegal were all over Nigeria in the opening moments of the game and almost scored the opener in 12 minutes but Enaholo was outstanding again, this time denying Niang a sure goal with an unconventional stop with his feet from point blank range.
Three minutes later, the hosts came close again through El Malick Niang whose header just flew off target.
The home fans were bouncing in the stands as the Young Teranga Lions looked to exact revenge on the Flying Eagles following their 1-3 defeat to the Nigerians in the opening game of the competition.
On 19 minutes, Bernard Bulbwa silenced the home support with a goal worthy of winning any game.
The forward took a long pass with the outside of his right foot before hitting an unstoppable volley beyond the reach of a shell-shocked Senegalese goalkeeper.
The two sides traded excellent opportunities all game but the Flying Eagles held out for a famous win.
Nigeria will now compete in Group E of the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup alongside Brazil, North Korea and Hungary.
The World Cup begins in New Zealand on May 30 and runs till June 20