Lagos - Nigeria's
U-17 team, Golden Eaglets on Wednesday defeated Youth Sport
Management Team 3-0 at the NFF\FIFA Project Pitch in Abuja.
match against the Lagos-based side was Golden Eaglets' 35th friendly
match with local teams with an impressive record of 31 wins; three draws and a
loss. It was also an opportunity for new -found recruits to contest for places
in the 2015 World Cup-bound squad.
-haired Gavin Thompson grabbed a 30th minute opener, and his first goal in
national team colors, albeit from the spot kick after Akanni Sodik was brought
down in the box. Taofeek Jibril doubled the lead for the Golden Eaglets 15
minutes later when he flicked a header into the net after a goal -mouth melee.
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Emmanuel Amuneke brought a new set of players including Captain Kelechi Nwakali
and striker Victor Osimhen in the second stanza. In the 63rd minutes, Osimhen
floated a through pass to Nduka Ebere who rounded off his marker before burying
the ball beyond goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleye.
described the performance of his wards as reassuring, adding that competition
amongst the old and new players is exciting.
was a good match for us though we arrived early this morning from Lagos for the
match,” said Ita Bassey, Chief Scout of Youth Sport Management. The Golden
Eaglets had a better performance and we pray they do even much better in
2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held between October 17 and November 8 in
Chile, South America.