The Flying Eagles of Nigeria pounded Lugbe United 12-0 in a test game in Abuja on Thursday, 3 April, 2014 in readiness for two friendlies against their Moroccan counterparts next week.
Alhassan Ibrahim aka ‘Mu-azam’ and Taiwo Awoniyi both scored hat-tricks as the country’s U-20 team overran the Nationwide side.
“We’re just starting, this was our first match since we came together”, said coach Manu Garba after the match.
“We’re yet to hit our form, there’s still some work to do, we have to improve especially concerning scoring goals”.
Despite early pressure from the Flying Eagles, the goals did not start pouring in till the 13th minute, when ‘Mu-azam’ stabbed home off a corner moments after he was denied at point-blank range by the goalkeeper.
Two minutes later, Ifeanyi Matthew put through Awoniyi to score the team’s second goal.
Awoniyi will then help himself to his second goal of the day on 18 minutes after he was released by Bulbwa, before the lanky striker was brought down inside the box for a penalty in the 25th minute.
Ifeanyi Matthew tucked away the resulting penalty in the 26th minute. Scorer Matthew then turned provider when he set up Bulbwa to make it 5-0.
The outstanding Matthew then put through Mu-azam for goal number six, before Matthew scored his second goal five minutes from time.
Left back Mustapha Abdullahi made it 8-0 10 minutes after the interval, before Mu-azam completed his hat-trick in the 59th minute with a simple tap in from close range.
Three minutes later, Awoniyi also completed his treble with a powerful shot. Manu then made a wholesale change of the starting XI in the 63rd minute.
Substitute strikers Abubakar Lawal and Sulaiman Abdullahi will add to the tally with two late goals thereafter.