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