The Flying Eagles have emerged champions of the 2022 WAFU Zone B tournament in Niger Republic after defeating Benin Republic 3-1 in the final on Friday, Completesports.com reports.
A brace from Tolulope Ojo and a goal from Ibrahim Muhammad sealed the win for Ladan Bosso’s team.
Benin Republic’s consolation goal was scored by Farid Edou late in the game.
The Flying Eagles took the lead in the 40th minute through Ojo who converted from the penalty spot after Mahougnon Aloya stopped a scoring opportunity with his arm. He was also sent off.
In the 70th minute Ojo got his brace as he volleyed past the Benin Republic keeper time make it 2-0.
Muhammad then added the third goal in the 77th minute after capitalizing on an error by the opposition keeper Dava Agossa.
With six minutes left Edou pulled a goal back for the French speaking country but the Flying Eagles held on to emerge winners.
Both Flying Eagles and Benin Republic will represent the WAFU Zone B at next year’s U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The continental tournament will serve as the qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.
By James Agberebi