Nigeria’s U-20 men’s national team, Flying Eagles, defeated Zambia 4-2 in an international friendly game played inside the MKO Abiola stadium, Abuja, on Friday, Completesports.com reports.
Both teams used the friendly as preparations for this year’s CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Haliru Sarki, Olamilekan Adams, Emmanuel Uchegbu and Samson Lawal were the scorers for Ladan Bosso’s men while Moses Mulenga and Lasmond Phiri scored for Zambia.
Sarki opened the scoring in the 43rd minute but Mulenga made it 1-1 on 59 minutes.
Olamilekan restored the Flying Eagles’ lead on 62 minutes and once again Zambia got back at 2-2 thanks to Phiri who got on the score sheet in the 66th minute.
With 15 minutes left Uchegbu got the Flying Eagles’ third before Lawal added the fourth on 88 minutes.
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The Flying Eagles are in Group A at the U-20 AFCON alongside hosts Egypt, Mozambique and Senegal.
They will open their campaign against the Senegalese on February 19.
Zambia are in Group C with Gambia, Benin Republic and Tunisia.
This year’s tournament which will run from February 19 to March 11, will also double as the African qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will hold in Indonesia.
The top four teams from the U-20 AFCON will qualify for the World Cup.
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The attack looks really sharp. Bosso should however work on the defence. It could be the team’s Achilles heel in Egypt. I like the the team’s response though
Their high scoring rate oozes a potential champion’s vibes.
Zambia still need foreign players to help the team in U-20 Africa cup other wise we shall be eliminated in the first round
Which kain mentality be this? Na foreign players Dey camp Dey play and win all their matches for them since? Simply add that the influx of “few” foreign players, if need be, would be added advantage to the team, not that they would fail if none is invited….haba!
Their strong scoring rate gives out the feelings of a possible future champion.