Nigeria’s U-20 squad, Flying Eagles brightened their chances of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia after defeating Sudan’s U-20 team 2-1 in Omdurman on Sunday.
The coach Emmanuel Amuneke’s tutored side after wasted so many scoring chances in the early stage of the match conceded a goal in the 27th minutes to send the home fans at the El Merriekh Stadium into wild jubilations.
The Junior Falcons held onto their lead until the break, but nimble –footed Samuel Chukwueze equalized for Nigeria in the 67th minute. The slippery left –footed winger nearly put Nigeria in front minutes later but was thwarted by the Sudanese goalie.
Osimhen, who got the Flying Eagles in front against Burundi in Calabar in the last round, through a well –taken penalty kick, would have the last laugh by scoring Nigeria’s winner in the 86th minute. He came close to making it 3-1 in injury time but his shot was smothered by the goalkeeper.
The return leg will take place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Sunday, July 24.
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