Resilient Nigeria’s Flying Eagles defeated host Egypt 1-0 in the ongoing U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in their second group game on Wednesday.
After starting on a losing note against Senegal, the win over their north African counterparts was an improved performance as they reignited their hope for a record-extending eighth title and a berth in the World Cup.
Following several unsuccessful attempts at breaking the deadlock, Solomon Agbalaka’s bullet header in the 71st minute was enough for the Flying Eagles to boost their chance of qualifying for the knockouts.
The defender was voted Man-of-the-match for his match-winning goal.
With this victory, Flying Eagles are now second in Group A with three points behind Senegal.
Egypt, the host nation, sits in third position with a point from two games, the same as Mozambique, which lies at the bottom with an inferior goals deficit.
Ladan Bosso’s men face Mozambique in the final group game on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, Senegal booked their place in the quarter-final following a flawless 3-0 hammering of Mozambique on Wednesday.
In the final round of matches, Nigeria to battle Mozambique at the Suez Canal Stadium. Egypt goes toe to toe with already qualified Senegal in Cairo International Stadium on Saturday.
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