Flying Eagles stepped up the build-up to the African Games with another mind-blowing performance against Gwarimpa Stars FC but dubbed Kenneth Omeruo FC for the friendly game played in Abuja on Thursday morning.
The Eagles are sweating it out ahead of the African Games where they are going to lock horns with Morocco, Burkina Faso and South Africa in a tough Group A of the football event of the games.
DaSportsTainment247.com reports that the Under 20 team also defeated Next Naija Soccer Stars 4-0 also in Abuja on Wednesday before their latest win over Gwarimpa Stars which ended 5-0 in Nigeria’s representatives’ favour.
The team head coach, Paul Aigbogun fielded a much-changed side to the one that triumphed over the Next Naija Soccer Stars a day earlier. He made about six new changes to the start list with Mike Zaruma, Saeed Jubrin, Ibrahim Abubakar, Success Makanjuola and Habib Yakubu surviving the purge.
The Nigeria Under 20 side went ahead as early as the second minute when Abubakar who is the skipper of the side converted from the spot-kick after an infringement in the vital of their opponents.
The second goal came in about nine minutes later through Ghali Ahmad whose beautiful played pile driver kept the Gwarimpa Stars goalkeeper at bay after a good pass from Jubrin.
The Flying Eagles made sure they headed to the halftime with a 3-0 lead after Ghali again in the 39th minute this time made use of his head with a brave header after another good pass from Jubrin who plies his trade with Plateau United.
There was no stopping Ghali and the Flying Eagles as they swept the Abuja based side aside in the second half also. Ghali bagged his hat-trick of the game in the 59th minute after he connected a cross from his captain, Abubakar with his head.
There was still a room for the fifth goal in the 64th minute through a rasping shot from Chinonso Emeka which could have torn the net. The Flying Eagles will now await their journey to Morocco next week ahead of the African Games where they have their first game against Burkina Faso on August 16 at the Stade Moulay Hassan, Rabat before
trading tackles with South Africa and Morocco on August 20 and 23 respectively at the same stadium.
Nigeria came third at the last African Games in Congo Brazzaville four years ago after a 5-3 shootout win over the hosts, Congo to claim the bronze medal.