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Golden Eaglets beat amateur side

09 April 2014, 17:23Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Golden Eaglets made it two wins in as many test matches following a 2-1 victory over Yuguda Boys at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project in Abuja on Wednesday.

Two goals in each half by Suleiman Abdullahi and Kehinde Ayinde put the new Under-17  recruits in front but the youngsters from Bauchi eventually  pulled one back via a penalty kick  barely a minute to the end of the match.

It was the Yuguda Boys that nearly went in front in the 34th minute when a well-struck free kick by Babaji Abubakar on the periphery of the box was punched away by Amos Benjamin in goal for the Eaglets.

Golden Eaglets' first goal came in the 44th minute when Kehinde Ayinde broke free from the right flank and flicked a pass to Henry Akibi who in turn passed to Suleiman Abdullahi to slot home the first goal.

On resumption, the Eaglets increased the tempo of the game as substitute Kelechi Nwakali combined beautifully with Ayinde to terrorize their markers.

In the 79th minute, Nwakali swiftly launched a through pass to Ayinde; who swerved and rounded off goalkeeper Sani to push the ball into an empty net for the second goal of the highly-charged encounter.

Yet the Yuguda Boys did not give up as they piled pressure on the Eaglets defence that eventually conceded a penalty which was buried into the net by Ibrahim Yahaya barely a minute to the end of the match.

Both Coach Emmanuel Amuneke (MON) and Bala Maijama'a Umar of Yuguda Boys praised the gallantry of the two sides:" Frankly I'm with the Eaglets bearing in mind that they are just putting them together," said Umar."

“It was a good opportunity for us too to ascertain the readiness of our boys before going for a youth tournament in Portugal", Amuneke remarked.

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