The Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, on Monday in Abuja defeated the reigning Nigeria League Champions Kano Pillars 2-1 at the ongoing Super 4 tournament.
The high profile match pitched the best Nigeria Premier League side alongside the youngsters who are preparing for the African Youth Championship, which will hold in Senegal in weeks.
The Flying Eagles got their first goal in the 22nd minute through Suleiman Abdullahi who benefitted from a well laid pass from striker Taiwo Awoniyi who himself later netted the second goal in the 34th minute of the encounter which took place at the Abuja National Stadium.
Pillars’ only goal came off an error from the Flying Eagles’ defence when Captain Musa Muhammed headed the ball into his own net in an attempt to make a back pass to the goalkeeper.
That nonetheless, the Flying Eagles were able to hold on to their 2-1 lead till the end of the game and thus registered their second victory in the pre-season tournament having also recorded a 2-0 win over Enyimba on Saturday.
While the Flying Eagles savour their latest victory, there was a dark spot in the game as one of the players, Prince Izu Emego, collapsed and fainted in the 74th minute after a collision with a Kano Pillars defender.
The team doctor gave him a first aid, and he was resuscitated before being rushed to hospital in an ambulance.
Speaking on his team’s defeat, Okey Emordi, Kano Pillars Head Coach, said he is not ashamed the ‘small boys’ beat his team.
” What is there to be ashamed of? They are human beings and it is a game,” he said.
In other games played on Monday, Enyimba defeated Warri Wolves 1-0 via a penalty converted by Ifeanyi George while Dream Team VI beat Dolphins FC by the same margin.