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Flying Eagles win first test game

11 December 2014, 14:16Israel Ojoko

Kaduna - Nigeria’s U20 team, the Flying Eagles, defeated Jamba Academy of Kaduna 4-1 in their first test match on Thursday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

After a catalogue of early misses, the Flying Eagles took the lead through a Wasiu Jimoh free kick after eight minutes.

Israel Emmanuel aka ‘Ronaldo’, Billy Auta, Mustapha Abdullahi and Ifeanyi Matthew all had chances to score for the Flying Eagles, but they failed to put them away.

And it was not until the 55th minute that they doubled their advantage through ‘Ronaldo’, who fired home from inside the box.

Jamba, who impressed with Peter Bala imposing himself in midfield with his well-measured long balls, deservedly pulled a goal back in the 85th minute through Mathias Kato.

Kato collected a pass from Bala before he fired beyond the diving goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

Ifeanyi Matthew then put the Flying Eagles 3-1 ahead in the 93rd minute from the penalty spot after Tsafa Terpase Barnabas was brought down inside the box.

Two minutes later, goal scorer Kato turned to zero when he was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Wasiu Jimoh.

Matthew scored again from the penalty spot in the dying minutes of the encounter when substitute Chisom Eze was brought down inside the box.

The Flying Eagles will play a second test game against Standard FC of Zaria on Saturday morning at the same venue.

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