By CrossRiverWatch admin
The Nigeria Under-20 men football team, Saturday qualified for the next round of the African Cup of Nations U20 tournament after beating Burundi 2 goals to 1 at the Udoakaha Jacob Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Goals from Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali ensured that of Magloire’s was mere consolation as the Flying Eagles progressed 3:1 on aggregate after Agor Chukwudi’s strike had secured an away win at the Louis Rwagasore Stadium, in Bujumbura back in May during the first leg.
The goals were not forthcoming in a dull first half of the encounter that saw Chukwudi’s thirty first minute strike correctly ruled out for offside by the referee with the Flying Eagles coming back to life in the second half.
Osimhen who plies his trade in Wolfsburg FC in the German Bundesliga scored Nigeria’s first goal when he converted a penalty in the seventieth minute to send the scanty crowd at the stadium into jubilation after Samuel Chukwueze was brought down in the East Africans area.
Nwakali got the Eagles second goal in the eighty third minute from a well taken free kick while the visiting Young Swallows got a consolation through Magloire.
At the final whistle, Coach Amuneke and his boys could not hold down their joy as they celebrated their qualification into the next round where they will face Sudan in the final qualification round for the tournament billed to hold in Sudan in 2017.
The Flying Eagles are the defending champions, having won the last edition of the tournament held in Senegal in 2015.
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