The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) U-17 All-Stars lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid youth team in the final of the Gauteng Future Champions Cup yesterday.
Alberto Salido scored the opener for the Spanish side 22 minutes into the game, before Nazifi Yahaya equalised for the Nigerian team in the 48th minute. But, Adrian Luque’s second half header ended the game 2-1 in favour of Atletico.
The Austin Eguavoen tutored side did not lose any game before the final, but could not convert most of their scoring chances against the more determined and organised Spanish side.
The NPFL U-17 All-stars finished as runner-up in the competition, while Atletico Madrid lived up to expectation as one of the favourites by winning the tournament.