Nigeria U17s, the Golden Eaglets, thrashed Team’95 7-1 on Monday in Doha in their first test game in Qatar.
The Eaglets got the first goal in the 22nd minute through Ifeanyi Matthew who thumped the ball into the net. Success Isaac followed with a brace in the 26th and 32nd minutes. Taiwo Awoniyi had in between, scored the third goal in the 30th minute as the Nigerians youngsters enjoyed a commanding first half performance.
Coach Manu Garba brought in Alhassan Ibrahim and Emmanuel Asadu as replacements for Isaac and Izu Omego to contain the battling Aspire Under-18 team.
The replacements paid off immediately as Ibrahim started orchestrating passes right in front of the opposition’s goal.?
Bernard Bulbwa added the fifth goal in the 65th minute, Ibrahim capped his purposeful displays with a quick double strike in the 66th and 73rd minutes.?
But the home boys did not give up as Ehtisham Yaskin finally scored their only goal five minutes to the end of the match.
“It is a good starting point for us here at the Aspire Centre,” coach Garba volunteered.