UEFA/CAF Tourney: Golden Eaglets Flay Guatemala 5-1


The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria ran riot in a ruthless display of attacking football that saw them score four times in 25 first-half minutes on their way to a 5-1 victory over Guatemala in the UEFA/CAF U17 Tournament on Tuesday.

Nigeria U17s had gotten off to a flier on Sunday by thrashing hosts Turkey 2-0 with goals from Olakunle Olusegun and Divine Nwachukwu in their opening match and continued from where they stopped against the Guatemalans.

Olakunle Olusegun continued his streak in front of goal with a 5th-minute strike from which Guatemala never recovered.

Abdullahi Fawaz added a second in the 10th minute and two became three seven minutes later when left-back David Oduko found the net.

Attacking midfielder, Akinwunmi Amoo scored a fourth for the Eaglets in the 24th minute as Guatemala endured an abject first-half reeling under the barrage of offensive football from the five-time champions although they did find the net in the 30th minute to end the first period 4-1 behind. 

The intensity of the Golden Eaglets dropped a notch in the second period but they still managed to add one more goal through Ibraheem Jabaar in the 84th minute to win 5-1 against the thoroughly outclassed Guatemalans.

“We are glad that we played well according to the formation that the coaches wanted us to play and followed their instructions on the pitch. It was not that easy against Guatemala, but we followed our game plan and it worked well with the team scoring five goals,” captain of the Golden Eaglets Samson Tijani told thenff.com after the game.

The Golden Eaglets tackle West African rivals Senegal in their next game in the competition on Thursday.