Nigeria’s Flying Eagles recorded yet another big win against Nigeria Nationwide side, Highlanders Football Club of Kaduna when they trounced them 10-0 in a final test game on Friday before they went on break for the Christmas holidays.
Skipper Musa Muhammed and Samuel Mathias scored a brace each with six other players on the score-sheet – Mustapha Abdullahi, Billy Auta, Nafiu Kabuga, Akinjide Idowu, Israel Emmanuel and Jacob Njoku.
Both teams also missed a penalty each with a Highlanders player sent off after 59 minutes.
The rampant Flying Eagles also hit the cross bar thrice. But it was Highlanders who first stunned their opponents after just five minutes of action when they struck the crossbar.
The Nigeria U-20 team then took over the attacking initiative thereafter with Ifeanyi Matthew’s left-footed shot missing narrowly, before Mathias opened scoring after eight minutes.
Musa Muhammed doubled the lead for the Flying Eagles in the 20th minute off a low cross by fellow fullback Mustapha Abdullahi.
Billy Auta made it 3-0 in the 28th minute, before skipper Muhammed again hit target on 50 minutes via a superb free kick.
Mathias netted the Flying Eagles’ fifth goal after 63 minutes, when he toe-poked his effort home.
Giwa FC goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo will save a penalty awarded Highlanders in the 78th minute, before fullback Mustapha Abdullahi continued his rich vein of form in front of goal with a sixth goal for the Nigeria U-20 side when he capitalised on a defensive blunder.
In the 85th minute, Abdullahi Alfa missed a penalty after the goalkeeper fouled a goal-bound Mathias.
There were also late goals by Kabuga, Israel Emmanuel, Akinjide Idowu and FC Porto midfielder Jacob Njoku.
The Flying Eagles will now regroup for a second phase of training camp on 27 December.