Abuja - Flying Eagles continued their build-up for the 2015
African Youth Championship qualifier in May against Tanzania with an 8-0
thumping of gritty Ikare United of Ondo State on Wednesday in Abuja.
Musa Yahaya and Taiwo Awoniyi produced a brace each with
further goals by Alhassan Ibrahim aka Muazam, Sulaiman Abdullahi, Abubakar
Lawal and Wasiu Jimoh.
The Flying Eagles started on a good note and missed two
early chances before Kelechi Iheanacho was fouled inside the box for a penalty
in the ninth minute, which Mua-zam failed to convert as the Ikare goalkeeper
did well to save it.
Iheanacho was again thwarted by the Ikare goalkeeper two
minutes later when he came face-to-face with him.
Mu-azam finally broke the deadlock on 13 minutes when he
rifled home a low shot from outside the box to make up for his miss from the
Musa Yahaya then saw his shot from outside miss target
narrowly in the 24th minute as the Flying Eagles boxed their spirited opponents
in their own half of the pitch.
Big striker Sulaiman Abdullahi doubled the lead for the
Nigeria U20s in the 26th minute with a low shot, before Musa Yahaya tucked home
a third goal four minutes later when he went clear of the goalkeeper.
In the 39th minute, Iheanacho tried an audacious effort from
the center circle, which missed, before Yahaya completed his brace on 42
Substitute Awoniyi made it 5-0 in the 49th minute after he
was set up by Iheanacho and three minutes later he celebrated his second goal
after an attack initiated by Wilfred Ndidi.
Ikare United had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the
56th minute, when they were awarded a penalty for a foul by the Flying Eagles
inside the vital area, but they blasted it wide off target.
They again came close on 80 minutes when a free kick crashed
against the Flying Eagles post.
Two late goals by Abubakar Lawal and Wasiu Jimoh then
completed the thrashing.
Flying Eagles XI vs
Joshua Enaholo (Adamu Abubakar 73) – Musa Muhammed (Ifeanyi
Nweke 59), Mustapha Abdullahi (Denis Okon 59), Wilfred Ndidi (Zaharadeen Bello
59), Izu Omego – Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Mathias Samuel 59), Musa Yahaya Chidiebere
Nwakali 59), Abdullahi Alfa (Akinjide Idowu 59), Kelechi Iheanacho (Abubakar
Lawal 61) – Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Mu-azam’ (Taiwo Awoniyi 36, Wasiu Jimoh 66),
Sulaiman Abdullahi (Victory Omodiagbe 59).
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