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Golden Eaglets win again

12 February 2015, 11:08Israel Ojoko

Sokoto - Nigeria's U-17 team, Golden Eaglets, rounded off their preparation towards Niger 2015 with an impressive 4-1 win against Fasbir Integrated Football Academy at the Giginya Memorial Stadium in Sokoto on Wednesday.

Golden Eaglets scored twice through Victor Osimhen and Suleiman Abdullahi via penalty in the first half with additional two goals by substitutes Christian Charles and Samuel Chukwueze, while Fasbir's was also a first half penalty goal by keeper Yusuf Yusha'u who was adjudged the man-of-the match.

The stadium did not come alive until the 20th minute when Suleiman Muhammed waltzed his way into the box and flicked the ball on the path of Victor Osimhen whose twice-taken shot was stopped by agile goalkeeper Yusha'u.

Six minutes later, Suleiman Abdullahi who wore the captain's band broke free from the right flank but was brought down in his stride inside the box; Osimhen converted the resultant penalty kick to give the Golden Eaglets the lead.

Also read: Golden Eaglets get base in Niger

But four minutes later, the Golden Eaglets conceded a penalty after the ball bounced off the hand of a defender following a corner kick and Goalkeeper Yusha'u stepped forward to fire the penalty behind Goalkeeper Amos Benjamin.

Eaglets took the lead towards the end of the first half courtesy of another penalty in the 44th after Osimhen was brought down with only the goalkeeper to beat and Suleiman smartly dispatched the ball behind Yusha'u yet again.

The Golden Eaglets virtually took control of the match on resumption of the second half following the introduction of Kelechi Nwakali, Samuel Chukwueze and Orji Okonkwo but Yusha'u foiled their attacking initiatives time and again.

But with ten minutes to spare, the Golden Eaglets added two quick goals courtesy of Christian Charles at the end of a triangular pass involving Abdullahi and Ayodeji Bamidele in the 80th minutes. Two minutes later, Chukwueze slotted the last goal during a goalmouth melee.

Golden Eaglets Vs. Fasbir: A.Benjamin(A.Udoh 56)- A.Saddam(L.John); L. Halilu(A.Bamidele 77); C.Kanu;A.Usman;A. Ukoh(K.Nwakali); K. Michael;S. Abdullahi; E.Osinachi(O.Okonwo 45); V. Osimhen(C.Charles 74); S.Muhammed(S.Chukwueze 45).

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