THE Flying Eagles passed their first U-20 Africa Cup of Nations test in flying colours today with a 4-2 win over Zambia’s Junior Chipolopolo in a friendly in Abuja.
Both teams are preparing for the U-20 AFCON in Egypt, which starts in a fortnight, and served up a six-goal thriller at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in the Nigerian capital.
After Zambia goalkeeper Jeban Tembo stopped Nigeria’s early attempts, the Flying Eagles finally got their noses in front through Rilwanu Sarki’s brilliant effort six minutes before half-time.
Derrick Bulaya volleyed past Flying Eagles goalkeeper Nathaniel Nwosu to restore parity in the 55th minute, but the Nigerian lads were ahead again two minutes later through substitute Adams Olamilekan.
It took the young Chipolopolo only four minutes to equalise again, as substitute Lasmond Phiri headed past Nwosu from a corner kick with the Nigeria defence ball watching.
With eight minutes left, the persistent Nigerian attack benefitted from a defensive blunder, and substitute Emmanuel Uchebu slammed high into the net with Tembo stranded.
Another substitute, Samson Lawal, rounded off the scoring as he cleverly found the far corner with Tembo well beaten one minute into added time.
“We are happy with this victory because the boys played a good match, yet the team is still a work in progress as we keep our focus on doing well in Egypt,” Flying Eagles head coach Ladan Bosso said moments after the match.
The Junior Chipolopolo will fly to Senegal on Saturday for another friendly match, while the Flying Eagles will head to a final training camp in Morocco on Wednesday.