The Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, recorded a 3-1 win over hosts, Senegal, in the opening match of the 2015 Africa Youth Championships, AYC.
Two goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and another form Ifeanyi Ifeanyi ensured that the Coach Manu Garba-tutored side start their campaign at the AYC on a bright note.
The Flying Eagles hit the ground running from the blast of the whistle with Awoniyi getting the first real chance of the encounter, but he failed to make the most of the opportunity.
Awoniyi soon made amends for his earlier miss as he put Nigeria in the lead in the 8th minute after benefitting from a mix-up in the Senegal defense.
Awoniyi was again on hand to slot the ball into the net in the 11th minute after a nice partnership with teammate, Chidera Ezeh, who gave him a through ball.’
The Nigerian striker before heading to Senegal said he would be chasing the highest goals scorer award and he has effectively began the chase.
Having gone two goals down early in the game, hosts Senegal were taken aback and so they began frantic efforts for a possible comeback.
Their efforts soon paid off when in the 27th minute Sarr pulled one back for the hosts to make scores 2-1.
From then it was Senegal all the way as they stepped up their attempt to get an equaliser before the break.
Unfortunately the equaliser never came for Senegal as it was Nigeria that increased their tally when Ifeany Ifeanyi fired in a shot to restore the Flying Eagles’ two-goal cushion going for the half time break.
The second half did witness fierce contest as Senegal were not willing to go down in front of their fans, and in like manner, the Flying Eagles were not willing to relinquish their lead.
However unlike the first half when four goals were scored between both teams, the second half was barren.
At the end of the game it was the Flying Eagles that smiled away with the 3-1 win and would next face Congo in their next group game.