January 27, 2023

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U23 AFCON qualifier: Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles overcome Tanzania, to face Uganda or Guinea in closing berth

Success Makanjuola dazzle Tanzania participant

Nigeria reached the ultimate spherical of the 2023 Africa U23 Cup of Nations on Saturday after Timilehin Ogunniyi and Success Makanjuola scored within the second leg on the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan to sentence guests Tanzania to a two-goal defeat and 1-3 loss on combination.

Some hours earlier than the sport, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Chairman of the NFF Process Pressure on Youth Competitions, Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi had buoyed the spirit of the workforce with redemptions of money guarantees and additional guarantees of windfall ought to they put the Junior Taifa Stars to the sword. It was subsequently no shock when the Olympic Eagles began like a home on hearth.

Success Makanjuola, Akanni Qudus, Timilehin Ogunniyi, Sunusi Ibrahim and the attack-minded defender Dominion Ohaka hassled and harassed the guests’ rearguard to no finish, however with out discovering the early breakthrough they a lot desired.

Nonetheless, Tanzania performed a compact and financial recreation, and will have gone forward as early because the 12th minute when Mundhir Abadalla unleashed from the sting of the field as Daniel Wotlai mis-judged ball in flight. Nigeria’s first alternative Nathaniel Nwosu was as much as the duty.

Three minutes later, Ohaka’s shot was too excessive from 20 yards, and Ogunniyi’s efforts screamed manner off mark within the 18th minute as Nigeria utilized strain.

Nwosu once more got here up huge within the 28th minute to thwart Muhajiri Jaribi who let fly from simply outdoors the left aspect of the field. However Nigeria was not daunted and continued to impress within the presence of Governor Makinde and high officers of the Oyo State Authorities, Sports activities Minister Sunday Dare and NFF Board Members.

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Within the second interval, Sunusi Ibrahim side-netted from a scissors kick and Ohaka’s thrust went away as Nigeria saved their ft on the pedal, however they might have been shocked within the 52nd minute when a defensive error allowed Edmund Godreu John sight of aim just for him to tug the ball too excessive.

Nigeria continued to knock on the door and it lastly opened within the 62nd minute, when Ogunniyi slammed into the web from a free-kick 23 yards out.

Eight minutes later, the Olympic Eagles had been two objectives up when the irrepressible Ogunniyi was hacked within the field, and Makanjuola discovered the penalty from the spot.

On the finish, Sports activities Minister Sunday Dare praised the workforce for a job properly accomplished, however charged them to develop the mentality to transform many of the alternatives they create throughout play.

“I congratulate you for a job well-done and I’m glad that you’ve got reached the ultimate spherical of the qualifiers for the U23 AFCON. However I’m difficult you to be taught to transform most of your possibilities in open play. You solely must work onerous and keep targeted.”

Governor Makinde, Alhaji Balele and Hon. Bukola Olopade all fulfilled their pre-match pledges of $25,000, $20,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The Olympic Eagles will play the winner of the fixture between Uganda and Guinea within the closing spherical of the qualifiers in March 2023.