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Nigeria Flying Eagles scored a vital goal against hosts Egypt in Cairo to record their first win at the ongoing U20 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Nigeria U20 national team had gone into the match as the underdog by some pundits having lost their first Group A game against Senegal 1-0. This reflected in the opening minutes of the game as Egypt took dominance of play.

The coach Ladan Bosso led Flying Eagles soon got their rhythm to the game at a later stage of the first half creating opportunities in attacking but failed to convert chances to goal.  The first stanza of the match ended with neither side scoring, although the spectators at the stadium supporting the host were massive and encouraging to the home team.

On resumption of the second half both teams had good opening opportunities but the Egyptian quick exchanges of passes was brilliant. This ushered excitement to the crowd at the Cairo International Stadium.

The Nigerian players realising the pressure from their opponent tactically adopted the traditional Nigeria style calming the ball, while gradually keeping possession of the ball in midfield. It didn’t take long with the buildup pressure from the Nigeria side as a corner game in their favour.

Wing back Agbalaka was quick as he nodded home powerfully from Aminu Muhammadu’s corner-kick in the 71st minute. Earlier before the goal, Nigeria goalkeeper Chijioke Anigboso had a stellar performance making two superb saves to deny the young Pharaohs lead in the 63rd and 65th minutes respectively.

With a hard fought win the Flying Eagles moved to second position behind Senegal that defeated Mozambique 3-0 which they currently top the Group A and also qualify to the quarter finals.

Meanwhile Nigeria will battle Mozambique for a win to cement a place in the quarter- final but a win for Mozambique could knock the Nigeria side out as Mozambique draw with Egypt in their first Group A match.  

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