Flying Eagles of Nigeria head coach Ladan Bosso says his team lost stupidly to Gambia in the semi-finals of the 2023 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday.
Gambia secured a famous 1-0 victory over the Flying Eagles in Cairo to qualify for their maiden final.
Adama Bojang scored after eight minutes to send Abdoulie Bojang’s charges’ through.
Substitute Ahmed Abdullahi had the chance to equalise for the Flying Eagles from the penalty spot but saw his effort hit the post.
“We lost stupidly, we were naive from the start,” a disappointed Bosso was quoted on CAF website.
“We failed to take our chances and we also missed the penalty in the 86th minute.
“I am very frustrated because we had the team to go all the way. Football is cruel.
“We didn’t measure up. I congratulate The Gambia for winning,” he added.
Gambia will take on Senegal in the final billed for Saturday while the Flying Eagles and Tunisia will battle in the third-placed match.