Coach Garba says the match was a good preparation for Nigerian boys.
In their first friendly game since they arrived at the famous Aspire Centre in Doha six days ago, the Nigerian Golden Eaglets on Monday thrashed the local Team’95, 7-1.
The game, which was played at the Khaled Salman Pitch 4, started at 4.30 p.m. local time with both teams sizing up themselves.
The Golden Eaglets got the first goal in the 22nd minute through Ifeanyi Matthew. Success Isaac scored the second and fourth goals in the 26th and 32nd minute; while Taiwo Awoniyi scored the third goal in the 30th minute.
Nigeria’s coach, Manu Garba, brought in Alhassan Ibrahim and Emmanuel Asadu as replacements for Isaac and Izu Omego to contain the battling Aspire’s Under-18 team.
The replacements paid off immediately as Ibrahim started orchestrating passes right in front of the opposition’s goal.
While Bernard Bulbwa added the fifth goal in the 65th minute, Ibrahim capped his purposeful displays with a quick double strike in the 66th and 73rd minute. But the home boys didn’t give up though with Ehtisham Yaskin finally scoring their only goal barely five minutes to the end of the match.
“It is a good starting point for us here at the Aspire Centre,” Coach Garba said.”The score line is not really important rather we have been able to see the players under different circumstance. The boys are responding well and we really thank both the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Aspire for this opportunity to prepare ahead of the CAF Under-17 tournament.”
In the same vein, Sam Ahmedu, Director of Aspire Football Dreams Nigeria, who was in the stands said he was impressed with the performance of the Golden Eaglets; adding that the preparation of the team is on course.