Abuja - Nigeria U20 team trounced Nationwide League side, FC
Abuja 7-2 in a test match played at the FIFA Goal project on Friday.
Sulaiman Abdullahi scored twice, while there were also goals
from Alhassan Ibrahim aka Muazam, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ifeanyi Matthew, Musa
Yahaya and Victory Omodiagbe.
“We are making improvements gradually as we continue to use
these matches to perfect our strategies for our African Youth Championship
qualifiers next month,” said Flying Eagles goalkeeper trainer Fancy Ewulu.
El Kanemi Warriors striker Sulaiman Abdullahi gave the
Flying Eagles an early lead after four minutes, when he connected home a superb
half volley moments after Ifeanyi Matthew shot missed target just narrowly. Two
minutes later, Abdullahi broke clear of the FC Abuja defence before he fired
home the second goal.
Musa Yahaya then had a great chance to increase the tally
after he went past the goalkeeper, but he did not have enough balance to steer
the ball home.
Yahaya again threatened the FC Abuja goal in the 25th
minute, before Muazam’s well-directed header on 37 minutes was tipped by the
goalkeeper for a corner. Three minutes later, Abdullahi was denied his
hat-trick by the goalkeeper after he was set up by Muazam.
Playmaker Ifeanyi Matthew fired home the third goal in the
41st minute with a powerful low shot from distance. FC Abuja attacked after the
break and they were almost rewarded in the 50th minute, but defender Izu Omego
jumped well to head the ball to safety.
A minute later, the
Nationwide League outfit pulled a goal back when skipper Abdulkarim Abubakar
nodded home from a corner. On the hour, Muazam dashed into the box and cut in
for Musa Yahaya to slot in the fourth goal for the Flying Eagles.
Muazam was again the provider when he put a pass through for
substitute Victory Omodiagbe to get on the score sheet at 5-1. Five minutes
from time, Muazam scored his own goal when he coolly shot into the net after he
had rounded the goalkeeper courtesy of a great through pass by Iheanacho.
Omodiagbe was fouled inside the box in the 89th minute and
Iheanacho stepped forward to tuck away the penalty.
FC Abuja snatched another consolation goal in stoppage time
through Dauda Olajire after the Flying Eagles defence was disorganised.
Flying Eagles XI vs
Emeka Nwabulu (Abdulazeez Abubakar 90+) – Musa Muhammed
(Ifeanyi Nweke 86), Denis Okon (Mustapha Abdullahi 64), Izu Omego, Zaharadeen
Bello (Aliyu Abubakar 68) – Abdullahi Alfa (Chidiebere Nwakali 61), Akinjide
Idowu (Anthony Omaka 75), Musa Yahaya (Kelechi Iheanacho 61), Ifeanyi Matthew
(Mathias Samuel 86) – Alhassan Ibrahim aka Muazam (Wasiu Jimoh 86), Sulaiman
Abdullahi (Victory Omodiagbe 75).
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