Eaglets move closer to African championship, beat Guinea 3-0

The return leg will be played in Conakry, the capital of Guinea.


Nigeria’s National U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, on Sunday, moved closer to qualifying for next year’s Africa Cadet Championships as they defeated their Guinean counterpart, 3-0, at the U.J.Esiene Stadium in Calabar.

The encounter was the first of the two legs, as the return fixture is expected to come up in Conakry, Guinea in a fortnight.

Isaac Success got the first goal of the day, hitting the net in the 25th minute to put the home side ahead.

Two minutes to the end of the first half, the Eaglets doubled their lead as Iheanacho Kelechi, who has been impressive in the qualifiers, made it two for Nigeria.

The second half resumed with the Guineans trying hard to reduce the deficit. But, it was the Eaglets that got another goal when Alhassan Ibrahim made it three in the 65th minute to end the game 3-0.

The Eaglets will now go into the return leg with a comfortable three goal lead, with the aim of advancing to the next phase.

Meanwhile the Eaglets coach, Manu Garba, is confident that his team would eventually overcome the Junior Syli Stars of Guinea and progress to the final round of the African Under-17 qualifier.

“By our own high standard, we should have scored more goals but over all we are happy that we have won the first leg,” Garba said during the post match interview.

“Of course, we know that the further we go into the qualifiers, the tougher the opponents. The Guineans are a good side, we have seen them today because this is their own first game in the qualifiers but I’m confident about our chance when we meet them in Conakry.

“Guinea would have to score four goals without conceding any; but we are a team that can score goals anywhere,” he added.

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations.

He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section of the website.

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