Berlin - Nigeria's Under-20 team, the Flying Eagles, kick started their final leg of preparations for the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup in New Zealand by defeating Hoffenheim's U23 side 5-2 in a friendly game on Tuesday, Supersport reports.
The game is the first in a three test series to prepare the team for the competition due to start later this month.
Hoffenheim's Ahmed Sassi had the first real chance of the game as his header came off the Nigeria post, as Chidera Eze also missed a one-on-one chance with the Ricco Cymer in goal for the Bundesliga side.
Plateau United's Godwin Savior gave Nigeria the lead but Hoffenheim soon equalised through Allesandro Abrussia.
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Eze made up for his miss by putting Nigeria ahead again before the home side equalised again through an Ahmed Azaouagh effort.
In form striker Taiwo Awoniyi will bag a hat-trick to give the African champions a three goal cushion and end the game at 5-2, a positive start to the Flying Eagles camping exercise in Germany.
Coach Garba Manu will have till Friday this week to submit his 21 man list for the championship.
The Flying Eagles have two more test games against the U23 sides of Nurnberg on Friday and Freiburg next Tuesday before leaving for New Zealand via Australia.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.