The Nigerian boys gave wonderful performances in the two games played against the Botswana U-17 team.
Nigeria’s U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, were in astonishing form on Monday as they pummeled their Botswana counterparts, 9-0, in an international friendly at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Monday’s win saw the Nigerian lads complete an aggregate win of 12-0 over two international friendlies.
Last Saturday, the Nigerian Under-17 team beat their Botswana counterparts with three first half goals much to the dissatisfaction of the crowd who felt the Coach Manu Garba boys were wasteful in the second half.
Monday’s game was tighter with Botswana ‘packing the bus’ with more players in defence. Coach Kagiso Kobedi brought in four fresh new players to fortify the team; but in the end, it was not enough to stop the rampaging Nigerian side.
A breakthrough came for the Golden Eaglets in the 17th minute when Musa Yahaya broke free from the left flank and glided the ball on the path of Bernard Bulbwa who dribbled an on-rushing defender before slotting the ball beyond goalkeeper Ezekiel Morake for the opener.
Though the Nigerian youngsters enjoyed more possession, poor marksmanship robbed them of more goals in the first half.
Expectedly, the Golden Eaglets turned the heat in the second half of the highly entertaining game and the soon the goals started coming like a torrential rain.
Ifeanyi Matthew opened the floodgate in the 53rd minute and he was back in the 65th and 69th minute to grab a hat trick in the game. But it was his second goal that was unarguably the best goal of the match when he struck a 25-yard half volley off a pullout from Yahaya.
Bulbwa added his second goal in the 57th minute as well as a brace for Musa Yahaya in the 60th and 71st minute. There were also goals for new comers and second half substitutes, Chinedu Enedemu and Odigbo Godwin in the 75th and 87th minutes respectively.
The Golden Eaglets remain unbeaten in 23 competitive and friendly matches. They have scored a total of 104 goals and conceded just one to the satisfaction of the team officials and Nigerians.