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