Omdurman - Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have one leg in the 2017
Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Zambia after a marvelous display that saw the team
come from a goal down to beat Sudan 2-1 in Omdurman on Sunday.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke’s side, much used to winning, asked
so many questions of the Sudanese defence early on, and forward Victor Osimhen,
record scorer of the FIFA U17 World Cup, rocked the home team’s upright in the
26th minute as the going got more serious in the first leg of the final
qualifying fixture at the El Merriekh Stadium.
However, the home team got in front a minute later, against
the run of play, challenging Amuneke’s U17 world champions to dig deep and
fashion a comeback on the night.
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The Junior Falcons held onto their lead until the break, but
nimble –footed Samuel Chukwueze equalized for Nigeria in the 67th minute. The
slippery left –footed winger nearly put Nigeria in front minutes later but was
thwarted by the Sudanese goalie.
Osimhen, who got the Flying Eagles in front against Burundi
in Calabar in the last qualifying round, through a well –taken penalty kick,
would have the last laugh by scoring Nigeria’s winner in the 86th minute. He
came close to making it 3-1 in injury time but his shot was smothered by the
The return leg will take place at the Teslim Balogun
Stadium, Lagos on Sunday, July 24.
News24 reported that the Flying Eagles, in Bujumbura, ran out 1-0 winners over the Young Swallows of Burundi in a 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier.For
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