AYC: Flying Eagles thrash Congo to qualify for World Cup

Nigeria Flying Eagles player sheilding the ball from a Gabonese during the 2nd leg match of the 11th All Africa Games Qualifier at the National Stadium Abuja.

Nigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, thrashed their Congolese counterparts 4-1 on Wednesday at the ongoing Africa Youth Championships.

They are thus through to the FIFA U-20 World Cup coming up in New Zealand later this year.

It was another spectacular display from the Flying Eagles, who despite being reduced to 10-men after the sending off of goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo early in the first half, still went on to comprehensively defeat their opponents who hitherto were referred to as giant killers.

As it has always being their trademark, the Flying Eagles were blazing hot from the blast of the whistle and their blistering start saw them take an early in the 8th minute when Bernard Bulbwa put a fine pass through and Ifeanyi Matthew latched onto the pass before dispatching the ball into the net to put Nigeria in front.

The second goal for Nigeria came from the penalty spot when Taiwo Awoniyi was hacked down in the Congolese box and captain Musa Muhammed was on hand to calmly slot in the ball to give the 10-men Flying Eagles team a two-goal cushion.

The Nigeria U-20 team kept the advantage going into the second half and barely eight minutes after the restart, the Flying Eagles were gifted another penalty when Awoniyi was again brought down by Congolese defenders.

On hand to take the penalty kick again was Captain Musa who buried the ball into the net to extend Nigeria’s lead to 3-0.

While Congo did pull one goal back, the Flying Eagles showed that they were not done, as Awonyi scored one more goal late in the game to end the match at 4-1 and thus become the first team from Africa to qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

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