By Tunde Eludini |
The Flying Eagles have qualified for the next round of the AYC qualifiers.
Nigeria’s male U20 football team, the Flying Eagles, recorded the double over Tanzania, with a 2-0 home win on Sunday, to set up a cracking Africa Youth Championship (AYC) clash against South Africa, next month.
By this victory, the Flying Eagles advanced to the third round of the qualifying tournament for the 2013 AYC, on a 4-1 aggregate, having won the first leg 2-1 in Dar es Salaam, two weeks ago.
“This was our first competitive game at home. We won and I believe that has helped us to overcome any nerves (of playing in front of the home fans),” said John Obuh, the Nigerian coach, after the match played at a packed Kwara State Stadium in Ilorin “I believe our next home game will be better.”
His Tanzanian counterpart, Jakob Michelsen, said it was in general a balanced game, but Nigeria deserved their victory.
“Congratulations to Nigeria, they deserved to win but my boys also did a very good job in a very balanced game,” said the Dane.
The Flying Eagles will now play away to the Amajita of South Africa on September 22 in Johannesburg, with the return leg a fortnight later.
Both teams clashed in June in an invitational tournament in Cape Town, with the South Africans running away with a 1-0 win.