By Olanrewaju Akojede
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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Senegalese 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.
NAN reports that 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.