By Bayode Sipasi
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets started their AFCON U-17 championship campaign on a solid ground with a 5-4 defeat of host, Tanzania.
The five-time world champion, the Golden Eaglets lost their first half two-lead goal to Tanzania, having ended the first 45 minutes, 3-1 up.
Olaniyan Olatomi had put Nigeria in front in the early minutes before Edmund John put one back for Tanzania. Wisdom Ubani and Amoo Akinkunmi increased the tally to make the scoreline 3-1.
The young Tanzanians came back into the game fighting hard in the second half scoring three consecutive goals to level and go ahead 4-3 in the early minutes of the second half.
Eight minutes into the second half, Kelvin John reduced the goal deficit as Suleman Shaibu levelled the scoreline from the spot to make it 3-3. John completed his brace from the spot for Tanzania to lead for the first time in the pulse-racing game.
Wisdom Ubani’s 30-yard fantastic freekick went straight into Tanzanians net to level Nigeria back into the game at 4-4. Jabaar Ibrahim restored Nigeria’s lead to guarantee the maximum three points.