The match was part to prepare the Nigeria U-17 side for next month’s African Championship.
In the tune-up match at the Saint Patrick’s College in Calabar, Awoniyi grabbed two goals in the 10th and 20th minute and added the third in the 67th minute.
Also, defender, Izu Omego, and midfielder, Ifeanyi Friday, put their names on the scorers’ sheet in the 34th and 38th minute respectively as the Manu Garba boys recorded another victory to keep their unbeaten run intact.
The match, according to the officials of the five-month old Diamond Academy, was an opportunity for them to learn some tricks of the game and they were impressed despite losing to a more superior team.
“We came, we saw, but we were conquered,” Coach Wilfred Ndube conceded. “But the whole essence of this friendly was to expose our players to the rigours of competitive matches and we are very impressed with the standard of the Golden Eaglets.”
“Frankly, I have been able to learn so much in this match. I could see that the Golden Eaglets are a very good side and I pray they would be able to keep their good form when they go to Morocco in April,” he added.
The Golden Eaglets, currently camped in Calabar, would soon jet out to Doha, Qatar to round off their preparations for next month’s Africa Cadet Championships.
Meanwhile, hat trick hero, Awoniyi has dedicated his recent rush of goals to family members as well as his former coach, Abdulrasak Olojo who trained him at United Academy in Ilorin in Kwara State.
“I’m so happy with the goals I scored today but I couldn’t have done it alone without the assistance of my teammates. I remember my family members and I’m dedicating the goals to them. I can’t also forget my coach at the grassroots, Coach Abdulrasak Olojo,” he said
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