A 22nd minute goal scored by Wakatsuki Yamato clinched victory for Japan at the expense of the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria in a game played at the Sao Paulo Football Club ground in Coita, Sao Paulo on Sunday evening.
Eaglets had earlier dominated the opening stage of the game with Ibraheem Jabaar’s thunderous shot from his left foot hitting the upright in the 8th minute to the relief of the Japanese.
Another goal bound effort from Olakunle Olusegun four minutes later was saved by Nazawa Tiashi in goal for Japan.
Japan then gradually began to assert their play, winning the midfield tussle and dictating the pace through their creative midfielder, Fujita Joel Chima, a Japanese player of a mixed Nigerian heritage.
With Japan now having more of the ball possessions, they tried to break the defence of the Eaglets, but Daniel Jinadu, the teenage goalkeeper from West Ham United, England denied Tamura Sohki from giving Japan the lead in the 17th minute.
Jinadu was again called to action with a world class save after he parried the shot from Tayata Shoji to a corner kick, the resultant corner kick was headed out of danger by Ikenna Ferdinand.
Unfortunately, another danger could not be averted when Yamato, while inside the box of the Eaglets hit a low drive into the net for Japan.
Despite the introduction of Akinkunmi Amoo and Peter Olawale Ukeme to replace the duo of Wisdom Ubani and Francis Daniel in the second half, the attack of the Eaglets was not potent enough to claw back the equaliser, as the Japanese were very resolute in the defence, they stuck to their tactical plan to smile home with the victory at the end of 90 minutes.
It was the last warm up game for the Eaglets ahead of the FIFA U 17 World Cup billed to start on October 26 with Nigeria trading tackles against Hungary in the opening game in Group B at Goiania Estadio Olimpico.