The Flying Eagles, Nigeria National Under 20 football team, beat tournament hosts Niger Republic 1-0 in their last Group A match at the ongoing 2019 Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Niamey to book their place in the Junior World Cup taking place in Poland later in the year.
The result also meant that the Flying Eagles qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament as winners of Group A.
The Flying Eagles was not spectacular in the match played at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché in Niamey as the players struggled to find the back of the Nigerien net.
The Flying Eagles missed an opportunity to score an early goal when Nafizi Yahaya missed a clear-cut chance in the fourth minute.
In the second half, the seven-time winners of the competition continued their unimpressive display until the 51st minute when Mohammed Jamil’s header forced a brilliant save from the Nigerien goalkeeper.
The Flying Eagles, however, broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute through Adamu Alhassan’s free-kick which beat the Niger goalkeeper to hand Aigbogun’s side their second win in the competition.
Nigeria finished top of Group A with seven points, while South Africa who beat Burundi 1-0 in the other matchday three encounter are second with five points.
Niger Republic and Burundi both crashed out of the competition after the hosts finished third with two points, while Burundi finished at the bottom of log with one point.
The Flying Eagles will now face the runners up in Group B in the semifinals on Feb. 13, while the Amajitas of South Africa clash with Group B winners Senegal.
Ghana and Mali occupy second and third spots in Group B and are both in contention for a second place finish having been tied on the same points.
The 2019 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations which is in its 15th edition kicked off on Feb. 2 and is expected to end on Feb.17.