Nigeria U20 team thumped Clinton Football Academy Lagos 6-1 in a test game on Thursday at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja.
“This is our first game after a long time, but we have to be more clinical in front of goal after the numerous chances we created,” said Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba.
“At this level, we cannot afford to throw away begging chances.”
Taiwo Awoniyi put the Nigeria U20s ahead after just eight minutes and six minutes later, Kelechi Iheanacho doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Awoniyi was brought down on his way to goal.
A minute after he was denied from point-blank range by goalkeeper Faith Oje, Awoniyi grabbed his brace in the 22nd minute courtesy of an assist by Musa Yahaya.
Substitute Tunde Adeniji made it 4-0 two minutes after the interval when he was set up by Sulaiman Abdullahi.
Anu Egundipe pulled a goal back for Clinton Academy in the 61st minute, when he fired past goalkeeper Dele Alampasu after a blunder by skipper Musa Muhammed.
Adeniji completed his brace in the 74th minute with an assist from Chidiebere Nwakali.
‘Daddy’ Abdullahi wrapped up the emphatic win 10 minutes from time with an fine individual goal as he ran half way down the pitch before slotting home.
Flying Eagles XI vs Clinton Football Academy –
Joshua Enaholo (Dele Alampasu 46) – Musa Muhammed (Ifeanyi Nweke 82), Seun Olubayo (Mustapha Abdullahi 46), Wilfred Ndidi, Zaharadeen Bello (Izu Omego 46) – Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Idowu Akinjide 46), Kelechi Iheanacho (Tunde Adeniji 46), Musa Yahaya (Bernard Bulbwa 46 Eze Chisom 69), Abdullahi Alfa (Obinna Nwobodo 46), Ifeanyi Matthew (Chidiebere Nwakali 69 – Taiwo Awoniyi (Sulaiman Abdullahi 46 Segun Alebiosu 83)