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Flying Eagles win again

25 April 2014, 17:43Israel Ojoko

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 FC Abuja

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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