The Flying Eagles of Nigeria are off to a flying start at the on-going 21st Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic. The team went to the top of Group A on Saturday by beating Burundi 2-0 in its opener at the championship.
The first match of the group, which is the opening game of the tournament, between host, Niger Republic and South Africa ended 1-1.
In the match played at at the Stade Seyni Kountche in Niamey, the Flying Eagles who are seeking an eighth continental title, dominated in the first half. But the young lads from Nigeria could not find the back of the net despite their superior ball possession and attacks at the Burundi goalpost.
The situation changed in the 55th minute, when Yahaya Nazifi scored the match opening goal for the Flying Eagles. Effiom Maxwell made it two in the 71st minute to book the maximum points for the young Nigerians.
The Flying Eagles are assured of a spot in the competition’s semi-finals and a ticket to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup finals in Poland if they win any of their remaining two group matches. They take on South Africa on Tuesday evening in their second match in the group, while and hosts Niger Republic, in what could be an explosive encounter at the Stade Seyni Kountche on Friday.
The championship continues on Sunday with matches in the all-West African Group B, where Senegal, Mali, Ghana and Burkina Faso battle it out.(NAN)