Awoniyi inspires Flying Eagles to 5-0 win
Nigeria’s Under 20 team, the Flying Eagles, on Thursday stepped up their build-up for next month’s final Africa Youth Championship (AFCON) qualifier against Lesotho when they trounced Nigeria National League (NNL) side Prisons FC of Abuja 5-0.
The Flying Eagles will host Lesotho on August 16 with the return leg a fortnight later in Maseru and the overall winners will advance to the 2015 AYC to be staged by Senegal in March.
Taiwo Awoniyi, fresh from a training stint in Sweden, opened scoring with Ifeanyi Matthew, Sulaiman Abdullahi, Chisom Eze and Segun Alebiosu also getting on the scoreboard.
The Nigeria U-20s opened scoring after 12 minutes from the penalty spot when Awoniyi was fouled inside the box and Ifeanyi Matthew sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Awoniyi then fired the first goal on 26 minutes, when he crashed his effort from inside the box into the roof of the net.
The languid striker would have scored again in first half stoppage time, but he missed an easy chance.
Prisons’ best chance came in the 53rd minute, when Flying Eagles goalie Joshua Enaholo parried a goal-bound effort for a corner kick.
In the 69th minute, substitute Sulaiman Abdullahi scored the Flying Eagles’ third goal when he lobbed over the Prisons goalie before he coolly finished off. Prisons midfielder Ochule Paul was sent off in the 71st minute for dissent.
Substitutes Chisom Eze and Alebiosu crowned the victory with well-taken goals in the 73rd and 89th minutes respectively.
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