The Flying Eagles defeated Jamba Academy 4-1in a test match which took place on Thursday inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
This was revealed to Completesportsnigeria.com by assistant coach of the team Nduka Ugbade.
“The Flying Eagles beat Jamba Academy 4-1 in one of the series of friendly matches arranged for them as part of their preparation towards next year’s Africa Youth Championship in Senegal, Ugbade remarked.
“It was a good game for the team as the coaching crew was able to learn one or two things about the players. They lost a lot of scoring chances but as time goes on, some of these lapses will be corrected.”
Eagles midfield trio of Abdullahi Alfa, Akinjide Idowu and Ifeanyi Matthew controlled the game but poor finishing from the front duo of Saddam Auta and Israel prevented them from taking an early lead.
However, they got their breakthrough through a well executed free-kick from the edge of the box with Wasiu Jimoh putting them one goal up.
A fantastic run from left full back Mustapha Abdullahi was wasted by Israel Emmanuel with Matthew and Auta also wasting chances to increase their lead.
Israel made an atonement for his earlier misses, picking his spot nicely after good interchange of passes with Auta, who lade it on a plate for him to finish.
Jamba found it hard to break down a well marshaled Flying Eagles backline, with Wilfred Ndidi particularly impressive and even when they did find a way through, Dele Alampasu was equal to their efforts.
In the second half, Jamb reduced the deficit after a well hit cross-field pass from his half by the impressive Bala Peter was neatly converted by Matthias Kato, much to the delight of the watching spectators.
Flying Eagles regained their two goal cushion via the spot through Matthew, after a foul on substitute Terfase in the box.
Jamba goalscorer, Matthias Kato, was given his marching orders minutes after the Flying Eagles goal for a two-footed lunged on Akinjide Idowu.
The one-man advantage gave Manu Garba’s side the advantage, but they had to wait until the final few minutes to full time when they were awarded another penalty.
Once again Matthew stepped up to slot his second penalty of the game and his team’s fourth to put the game beyond the reach of 10-man Jamba
Flying Eagles will take on Standard FC of Zaria at the same venue.
Meanwhile, the players will go on Christmas break from December 20 and will resume a week later.