Cairo - National Under-17 team, Golden Eaglets on Sunday
night handed a 4-2 defeat to their Egyptian counterparts in an International
friendly match played at the Police Sports Stadium in Cairo.
In the match that kicked off 10:15pm local time (9:15pm
Nigerian time), bean-pole striker, Victor Osimhen got a first half brace while Samuel
Chukwueze and Kingsley Michael scored in the second half.
Both teams settled down quickly after referee Abdel Mohammed
signaled the start of the match with the two captains Kelechi Nwakali (Nigeria)
and Ahmed Hussein much in the thick of the action.
But in the 13th minute, Osimhen put the Golden Eaglets in
the lead when he jabbed into the net an inch-perfect cross from Samuel Chukwueze.
Osimhen followed it with another goal three minutes later when he headed
straight into the net a pullout from Kingsley Michael.
Egypt pulled a goal back within a minute to spare of the
first half when Walid Attya latched onto the end of a triangular pass orchestrated
by Hamdy and Hosam Adel before dispatching the ball behind Eaglets goalkeeper
It was the Egyptians who were back in the hunt at the
restart when Karim Yehia got a pass from Ahmed Hamdy before burying the ball
behind Udoh in the 52nd minute.
Eaglets responded fast after the set back with some good
positional play and Chukwueze added his name to the score sheet in the 58th minute
when he drove a volley into the net off a pass from tireless Usman Abass.
Michael added another goal in the 70th minute after
goalkeeper Mamoud Gad fumbled with a long range shot from Osimhen who
undoubtedly was the man of the match.
It was a game both teams used to test their fringe players
towards the end but the match had already been won and lost as the Golden
Eaglets got huge praise from the excited spectators.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets that departed Cairo for Abuja
aboard EgyptAir on Monday would return to Calabar on Tuesday to continue preparation
ahead of their first leg, second round CAN Under-17 Championship qualifier
against Democratic Republic of Congo on July 20.
Eaglets vs. Egypt
A.Udoh- L.John, A.Usman(D. Uzama), N. Kelechi(H.
Okebugwu), A. Bamidele, H, Zakari(U I. Jack (E. Agenor), K,Orji, V. Osimhen(E. Osinachi),
O. Promise(K.Ayinde), S. Chukwueze.
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