Baker Ebiabowei’s penalty strike propelled the U23 Eagles to a 2-1 win over Warri Wolves in the Super-Six Invitational Tournament on Saturday eveningThe Dream Team VI wanted to win and worked hard for the hard fought victory at the Abuja National Stadium.
Austin Amutu opened the scoring three minutes into the match, with Gift Atulewa levelling the scoreline for the Seasiders.
But Ebiabowei powered home a decisive penalty strike in the 56th minute for the U23 team.
The U23 team will now meet Dolphins, with Warri Wolves to battle with Enyimba International in the match day 2 of the competition on Monday.
The match started with both sides preferring to utilise their talented midfielders.
Amutu, who was a thorn from the blast of whistle put the U23 team ahead from close range in the 3rd minute.
But Ebiabowei rifled home what turned out to be the match winner four minutes before the half hour mark.
That impetus was wrestled away however, as Wolves enjoyed more of the ball and created the better opportunities in the final thirty minutes.
The pressure was building on the U23 Eagles’ goal, with Ikechukwu Ibenegbu rattling the crossbar with a well executed free kick.
In the space of ten minutes, Wolves went close on three occasions with powerful strikes from the edge of the box, one drawing a wonderful save from Jonah Usman.
And those misses proved costly, as the U23 team held on to win against the CAF Confederation Cup campaigners.