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Flying Eagles Advance Past Guinea Bissau In U-20 African Qualifiers

Flying Eagles Advance Past Guinea Bissau In U-20 African Qualifiers

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, are through to the final round of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after they edged out Guinea Bissau 1-0 in the second leg of their tie at the UJ Esuene Stadium on Sunday to advance 3-2 on aggregate, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Adamu AlHassan scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute to hand the Flying Eagles the win after Wasiu Aladade was fouled in the penalty box.

The Nigerian side had a week ago played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg tin Guinea Bissau.

The Flying Eagles missed clear-cut chances in the first half with Enyimba’s Alalade guilty of two misses.
He squandered an opportunity to score when he had only the goalkeeper to beat from close range in the 22nd minute.

Al Hassan also missed from the edge of the box in the 38th minute of the encounter.

Two minutes from the hour mark, Alalade was fouled in the box and the resultant spot kick was converted by Al Hassan.

Valentine Ozornwarfo came close to making it 2-0 for Nigeria but his free-kick went inches wide.

The Flying Eagles will now face Mauritania in the final qualifying round of the qualifiers.

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  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 3 years ago

    This is good news today. fight on guys. Big reward awaits you all if you get there in the end.

  • PapaFem 3 years ago

    Wastage! Wastage! That’s the bane of any team dominated by local players. I don’t really know what’s responsible for this. I remember 2009 u-20 WC in Egypt. Nigeria wasted many scoring chances in the group stage, so much so that Coach Siasia had cried out in an interview with the BBC that ‘I don’t know how many chances we would have to lose to win a game.’ That was a team with as many as many as 7 home-based players and a sprinkle of players who had just moved to Europe. They went out in the QF against Germany due to similar problem. Another example is the last CHAN team. I’ve watched so many local matches and sometimes wonder how a processional player would waste scoring chances in certain unbelievable positions. What’s really happening to the local league? Don’t we have seasoned tacticians who could polish our local strikers and groom them in the art of scoring goals? I pray this set of Flying Eagles would not go the way of 2016 set , who won 2-1 away to Sudan but lost at home to the same team 4-3. You need to see how many clear scoring chances were bungled that day. I hope Coach Aibogun and his team are working on this. We can not afford to waste another generation of young players because of appalling technical quality. I congratulate the team though. But we need to really look into the aforementioned .