Nigeria are out of the 2019 West Africa Football Union (Wafu) Cup of Nations Cup after losing to Cape Verde 3-2 via penalties in Saturday’s quarter-final encounter.
The defeat comes as a disappointment for Imama Amapakabo’s men who failed to win any of their two games and had the chance of winning the plate competition, after bowing to a 2-1 loss against Togo in their opening cup fixture last Sunday.
Lobi Stars midfielder Sikiru Alimi fired ahead Nigeria at the Stade Lat Dior after the hour mark but the lead was cancelled out in the closing minutes of the game.
Cape Verde’s hunt for an equaliser finally paid off when Hernan Cardoso found the back of the net with his header in the 86th minute.
The encounter proceeded into a penalty shoot-out but Amapakabo’s men could not convert their chances with Ruben Yakubu, John Lazarus and Olatunji Oluwadamilare losing their spot-kicks.
Cape Verde ran out winners with a 3-2 win on penalties and they will face Gambia in the semi-final on the plate competition on October 9.
Despite the Super Eagles’ defeat in Thies, Nasarawa United talisman Ibrahim Sunusi was named the Man of the Match for his display in the attacking area.