The Flying Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Young Djurtinhos of Guinea Bissau 1-0 in a first round, second leg qualification match played at the U. J Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Sunday evening.
The only goal of the encounter was scored Kano Pillar forward Adamu Alhassan in the 58th minute from the penalty spot after Wasiu Alalade was fouled in the penalty box. The 3-2 win on aggregate sealed Nigeria’s place in the final qualification round of Niger 2019 U-20 AFCON competition.
The first half of the game played in Calabar ended goalless as the Flying Eagles missed some glaring goal scoring opportunities with Wasiu Alalade the two-goal hero of the first leg in Guinea Bissau being the most culpable culprit.
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On resumption of the second period, the Flying Eagles continued to dominate their opponents and carve out decent scoring chances, but poor marksmanship in front of goal remained their greatest obstacle to opening the score.
The much-needed goal finally came in the 58th minute as Adamu Alhassan calmly slotted in from the penalty spot after Wasiu Alalade was fouled in the penalty box.
The Paul Aigbogun lead side tried to extend the lead to no avail. However, the lone goal victory was enough for the Flying Eagles to book a place in the next round of qualification, the Nigerian team was forced to a 2-2 draw in the first leg a fortnight ago in Guinea Bissau.
The Flying Eagles will now face Mauritania in the final qualifying round of the qualifiers and teams that emerge victorious in the next round of qualifiers will participate in the U-20 AFCON tourney in Niger next year.