Benin Beat Garba’s Flying Eagles

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles Class of 2015 suffered their first defeat when they fell 1-0 to hosts Benin Repubic in an AYC warm-up in Cotonou on Sunday.
“We had a poor first half, but in the second half, we controlled the game. We had a much, much better second half,” said Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba.
“The home team adopted delay tactics after they scored and the referee ought to have given the goalkeeper at least a yellow card for time wasting, but he did not.
“All the same, we will put this loss behind us and shift our attention to the match in Tanzania this coming weekend. “We hope to win in Tanzania so that the second leg in Nigeria will be a mere formality.”
Benin match winner was skipper Seibou Mama, who fired home past goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo in the 48th minute from distance.
It was the only shot on target by the home team, who started three Europe-based stars including Moise Adilehou from FC Porto.
The visiting Nigeria U-20 side thereafter piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser. Outstanding goalkeeper Sheyi Damilola, one of several players with Nigerian roots, again ensured Benin recorded another famous win over Nigeria just after he stopped the Golden Eaglets at the WAFU B tournament in
Togo.
The former Bolowotan FC of Lagos shot stopper made a double save after 55 minutes when Taiwo Awoniyi saw his shot crash against the post. Wilfred Ndidi and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho also had openings to draw the Flying Eagles level but Damilola was at his best. The Flying Eagles started the first half on the front foot with Alhassan Ibrahim aka Mu-azam first to shoot at goal after two minutes, but his shot screamed across the face of goal.
Awoniyi had two chances to score in the first 45 minutes with his miss in the 39th minute, when he was all alone, but he ballooned his lob well off the mark. And a minute from half time, Musa Yahaya’s audacious effort narrowly missed target.


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