Senegal Emerge African Champions of 2019 COPA Lagos


The Sand Terranga Lions of Senegal were on Sunday once again crowned champions of the 2019 COPA Lagos as they successfully defended the crown they won in 2018.

The Senegalese had won all their matches in the 2019 tournament to emerge champions.

Senegal defeated Brazil 5-4 in their first match and beat Nigeria 5-2 in their second encounter, while their  last match with the Three Lions of England ended 3-2.

The last match of the day,  however, had Nigeria defeat the World Champions, Brazil, by 6-5 to emerge the second placed team.

The highest goal scorer of the tournament with seven goals, Emeka Ogbonna, said that the Nigerian team was satisfied with their performance.

“We are satisfied with our game so far; if we can defeat the World Champions Brazil, then, it tells of the quality of our team.

“We will intensify training to be well-prepared for the World Cup,” he said.

Al-Seyni Ndiaye of Senegal won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament  prize while his compatriot, Lassana Diassy, emerged the tournament”s most valuable player.

Nigerias Emeka Ogbonna was the highest goal scorer.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.



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