Golden Eaglets defeat Botswana 3-0

The Nigerian side defeated their opponent in Calabar.

The Golden Eaglets on Saturday defeated the Diamond Zebras of Botswana, 3-0, at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

The game was an opportunity to test the readiness of the two teams ahead of the 2013 African Under-17 tournament in Morocco in April. It gave the Golden Eaglets the chance to thank returnee Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, for being instrumental to their qualification for the continental tournament.

The players unfurled a large-size banner with the message: ‘Welcome Back, Governor Liyel Imoke…Golden Eaglets’ Foremost Supporter.’

Striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, marked his debut for the national Under-17 team, with a superb goal when he finished off from a Bernard Bulbwa’s pullout in the 16th minute.

The second goal did not arrive until some 15th minutes later, as hard working midfielder, Ifeanyi Matthew, scored from a well-taken free kick from just outside the box that left goalkeeper, Daniel Kedidimetse, rooted to the spot.

Six minutes later, Awoniyi, the former under-15 striker, got his second goal of the evening when he rose through the defence of the Diamond Zebras to head home a pinpoint pullout from Musa Yahaya for the Eaglets’ last goal of the match.

The Eaglets still had the upper hand in the second half, but goalkeeper Kedidimetse did a Yeoman’s job as he foiled several chances from the Nigerian youngsters to end the game at 3-0.


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