Africa Youth Championships: Nigeria’s Flying Eagles defeat Senegal in opening game

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.


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  • Funso Famuyiwa

    Thank you Festus Adedayo for this piece. My own personal conviction as to why the “Youths” ( those under 40) in general and the “Millennials” (those under 30) in particular cannot aspire to be a “Macron” in Nigeria has Less to do with the Mythical personification of Chief Awolowo but More to do with unmitigated and pathetic Ignorance about him and his Life achievements. Remember the joke about the Millennial who was asked who was the most famous “Obafemi” that he knew and promptly blurted out : Obafemi Martins (The Soccer Player) now in China !.
    But it is Not all their fault.
    I personally lament the fact that there is NO MUSEUM or similar Repository of Knowledge and Information about AWOLOWO where he can be “Humanized and Demystified” and for those born after 1960 to learn about him and draw Inspiration. In addition, if the Governments of the various States in the old Western Region had given due recognition to his stellar contributions to the Yoruba Nation, there is no reason why they should not have declared many years ago : Awolowo Remembrance Day or a Public Holiday in his Memory which would have provided the opportunity for the Youths to know more about him and the older ones to reminisce about his indelible impact on their lives. Just as it is for Late Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I was a Beneficiary of Awolowo’s Free Primary Education and thru the Grace of God, I am what I am today.