The Golden Eaglets stunned the Junior Syli Stars of Guinea.
The Golden Eaglets on Sunday confirmed their superiority over the Junior Syli Stars of Guinea with a flattering 4-0 win at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry to qualify for the final round of the 2003 Under-17 Championship on a 7-0 aggregate.
The Eaglets performance was a far improvement on their 3-0 win at home in Calabar a fortnight ago. The bots virtually dominated the home team throughout the duration of the match.
The boys who cast the balls into the net include – Success Isaac, Alhassan Ibrahim, Kelechi Iheanacho and Musa Yahaya. The Nigerian youngsters proved that their last victory at home was not a fluke.
Attacking midfielder, Bernard Bulbwa was the hero of the day when he created the three first half goals much to the delight of the technical crew.
In the 23rd minute, Bulbwa broke free from the right wing and evaded his markers before sending a pin-point pass to Isaac to score the opening goal of the match.
Bulbwa was also the originator of the second goal in the 37th minute when he set up Ibrahim. Ibrahim who was on the right wing, surprisingly shot straight into the net to the bewilderment of the usually adventurous Guinean goalkeeper, Gandeka Ibrahima who anticipated a pull out.
The two goals took the fire off from the Guineans but the Eaglets did not tire out.
Building on the momentum, Bulbwa, again, initiated the third goal when he exchanged passes with Success who finally gave Kelechi Iheanacho the last ball to push into the net in the 40th minute.
The Eaglets continued with their excellent ball distribution in the second half. They could have added more but for some glaring misses.
The Guineans were reduced to 10 players after Keita Malick was given a red card after a rough tackle on Chidera Eze.
The last goal did not come until the stroke of regulation time when two second half substitutes, Chidera Eze and Musa Yahaya worked their way into the box with the ball to Success who delivered an inch-perfect pass to Yahaya for the final goal.
“We thank Almighty Allah for this win,” the Eaglets Head coach, Manu Garba said afterwards.
“Though we made few mistakes but the most important thing today is that we have shown what we are capable of doing any time.
“We won’t rest on our oars until we secure our qualification ticket to the Under-17 tournament in Morocco,” he said.