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Golden Eaglets beat Les Leopards

04 August 2014, 13:35Israel Ojoko

Abeokuta - Nigeria's U-17 team, Golden Eaglets are through to the final qualifying round of the 2015 African Championship to be hosted in Niger after a 5-0 aggregate win against Les Leopards of Congo Democratic Republic.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg second round match played in Kinshasa, the Golden Eaglets confirmed their superiority yet again with a 4-0 win at the M.K.O Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta on Sunday in front of appreciative home fans.

There were first half goals for Suleiman Abdullahi and Victor Osimhen while Kehinde Ayinde and Samuel Chukwueze added the other two in the second half.

The Golden Eaglets dominated the game right from the start with some good positional play but failed to convert early chances. On the dot of 30th minute, Abdullahi scrambled the ball into the net for the first goal after the Congolese failed to clear a dropped Kingsley Michael's by goalkeeper Sese Bia Israel.

Michael nearly added the second goal five minutes later when his long range shot was parry away by Israel. From then, the Golden Eaglets mounted pressure forcing the Congolese to concede a corner in the 42nd minute. Suleiman took the resultant free kick and Victor Osimhen nodded into the net after Israel failed to hold tightly to the ball.

At the restart, the Congolese nearly pulled a goal back in the 47th minute but Djemes Diala's angular shot was caught by Goalkeeper Akpan Udoh who was also at his best few minutes later when he touched away Mutatu Mbedi's well struck free kick.

Amuneke pulled out injured Chinedu Ndu for Samuel Chukwueze and it was the gifted striker that provided Kehinde Ayinde to bury the ball beyond Israel for the third goal in the 67th

The last moment was very dramatic as Abdullahi saw his ball hit the goal post after the goalkeeper has been well displaced by Chukwueze in the 89th minute. But Chukwueze still had the final word when he drove the ball into the net with almost the last kick of the match.

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