By Violet Isek and Philip Agba
The Nigerian U – 20 national team, the flying eagles beat Guinea Bissau 1-0 in their continental qualifier at the U.J Esuene Stadium Sunday evening in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The victory means the flying eagles have qualified 3-2 on aggregate for the next round after playing a 2-2 draw away at the National Stadium in Bissau on May 12.
Adamu AlHassan scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute after Aladade Wasiu was fouled in the penalty box.
The Flying Eagles came close to adding a second in the 88th minute when Ozornwafor Valentine’s well taken free kick went inches wide.
Alalade had the first real chance of the game when he missed from a goal mouth scramble in the 3rd minute.
He then shot wide with his left foot after beating his marker following a great run in the 22nd minute.
Then goalscorer, AlHassan shot off target in the 36th minute from just 19 yards.
But, Coach Paul Aigbogun was delighted that his team scaled through.
He raised concerns about the state of the pitch.
“Again, you refer to the pitch, it is difficult, it is difficult for us to acclimatise as quickly as possible but they did their best, we had chances but unfortunately we didn’t take a lot of our chances,” Aigbogun told the NFF media.
He said this meant a lot of work for him.
However, the stadium is supposed to host the Super Falcons on another continental qualifier in June.
The 10,000 capacity stadium which was over 75 percent full saw dignitaries such as Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, among others in attendance.
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