.Qualify For Niger 2015 AJC On 6-2 Aggregate –
Nigeria’s U-17 side, Golden Eaglets, on Saturday thrashed Gabon
5-0 at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar in their second
leg-final qualifier towards the African U-17 Championship.
The win gave the Emmanuel Amuneke-tutored side a 6-2 aggregate win
after they lost 2-1 in Libreville a fortnight ago, and a ticket to next year’s Championship to be hosted in Niger Republic between February 15 and March 1, 2015.
The duo of Ebere Osinachi and Kehinde Ayinde scored a brace each after Captain Kelechi Nwakali had grabbed the curtain raiser through a penalty.
Nigeria started the game cautiously as the Gabonese soaked the initial pressure but it was not too long before the visitors were put in real danger when Suleiman Abdullahi sprinted and waltzed through the right wing and pushed the ball on the path of Kingsley Michael only to be brought down in the box by Gabonese goalkeeper Noubi Fotso.
Captain Kelechi Nwakali scored the resultant penalty kick as he sent
Fotso the other way for Nigeria’s first goal in the 19th minute.
Eleven minutes later, the second goal came through the right flank when Samuel Chukwueze’s pull out found Ebere Osinachi, who
wasted no time before pushing the ball into the net.
On the other end, Golden Eaglets’ goalkeeper, Akpan Udoh stopped the
visitors’ first real chance as he cuddled Presley Babini Bouyi’s
goal-bound pull out from the right flank in the 37th minute.
But five minutes after, it was a combination of Chukwueze and Osinachi that resulted into the third goal when the latter took a solo run after a pass from the former before shooting an angular shot beyond Fotso, as the Golden Eaglets ended the first half on that positive note.
The Golden Eaglets continued their domination at the restart but were
lucky not to have conceded a goal in the 50th minute when Banini
Bouyi’s incisive shot hit the post even while Akpan was rooted to the
Chukwueze could have capped his fine performance with a goal in the
80th minute but he shot over the bar after waltzing his way into the Gabonese post.
But Kehinde Ayinde, who came in for injured Michael, grabbed Nigeria’s fourth and fifth goals in the 78th and 90th minute respectively to the delight of the Nigerian fans at the U.J Esuene