Abuja - Nigeria's U-17 side, the Golden Eaglets on Tuesday defeated
Nationwide One side Shekarau Babes 2-1 at the Abuja National Stadium, as they
continue preparations for the FIFA U17 World Cup.
Ebere Emeka and Victor Osimhen scored for the Golden Eaglets after
Adam Khalifa had put the visiting in front.
Incidentally, Former Executive Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim
Shekarau who is the owner of the Kano-based side was a distinguished spectator
at the match that also had in attendance Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme and Coach Siji
There were few chances in the first half but midway Adam Khalifa
nearly put Shekarau Babes in the lead but his shot bounced off the post.
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Kingsley Michael on the other end, shot straight to the body of
goalkeeper Aliyu Umar as both side ended the first half on an equal keel.
In the 54th minute, Austin Godwin finally got the curtain raiser
albeit through penalty kick after Udochukwu Anumudu fell his marker in the
Five minutes later Ebere Emeka saw his shot wide off the mark
in front of an empty goal post but he redeemed himself in the 79th minute.
In the 85th minute, Victor Osimhen added the winner with the
header off a deep-lying cross by John Michael.
In a related development, the Golden Eaglets had on Monday beat
another Kano-based side Dabo Babes at the NFF-FIFA Goal Project Pitch
courtesy of Victor Osimhen solitary goal.
Both matches were geared towards the team's preparation for the
World Cup holding in Chile between October 17 and November 8.