Nigeria’s U-17 team,Golden Eaglets on Friday beat the Junior Selecao of Brazil 2-1 at the on-going Suwon Continental Cup International Youth (U-17) Football Tournament in Korea.
Kingsley Michael and Chukwudi Agor scored two first half goals while David Enogela conceded a second half own goal.
With the victory, the Eaglets shot their way to the top of the 4-Nation Tournament with four points following their 1-1 draw on Wednesday against South Korea.
Nigeria went into the lead through Michael in the 20th minute when he delicately placed the ball behind Juliano after the burly goalkeeper re-bounced Victor Oshimen’s powerful shot.
Twelve minutes later, Osimhen again laid the ball on the path of Chukwudi Agor who shot from acute angle to score his first goal in national team colours.
The Brazilians swooped on the Eaglets in the second half and Evander saw his shot ricocheted off the bar in the 54th minute and goalkeeper Udoh Akpan was at his best to punch away Vitinho’s volley in the 60th minute.
In attendance to watch the game on Friday were NFF’s board member, Alhaji Ahmad Kawu; Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme (NFF Deputy General Secretary), NFF’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon and a handful of Nigerian spectators.
Golden Eaglets Vs. Brazil U.Akpan-J.Lazarus; T.Ibe; E.Ikwu; H.Zakari;-J.Osikel(K. Nwakali 54) ;C.Agor;C.Madueke;K.Michael(G.Thompson 57) -F.Bamgboye(D.Enogela 54) ;V.Osimhen
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Head of Mission to the Republic of South Korea, Mr. Sheidu Omeiza Momoh has told the Golden Eaglets to go to Chile and conquer the world again.
Momoh who visited the Golden Eaglets at their Value Hotel Worldwide on Friday in company of Nigeria’s Embassy officials including Mr. Adebayo Atanda (Administrative attache) and Mr. Anthony Ebipador (Head of Chancery) was received by the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme.
Ikpeme reiterated that the Eaglets are proud record four-time champions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup level including 2007 victory in South Korea and were at the 2015 Suwon Tournament to prepare ahead of the rigorous challenge expected in Chile.
Momoh in his remark enjoined the Golden Eaglets to follow on the illustrious path of their predecessors that conquered the world in 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2013, adding they stand on the threshold of history if they can go all the way in Chile.
” You are our soldiers on the field and it is now your time to go and do the country proud,”said Momoh, a career diplomat with over three decades experience.” I want you to remember that you are representing the country and you must be a good ambassador by representing us very well here in Suwon and at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.”