The Nigeria U-17 team- the Golden Eaglets got another one over their West African arch-rivals, Ghana when the cadet side thrashed the Black Starlets 4-2 at the Cape Coast Stadium in the opening game of the West African Football Union ( WAFU) Zone B regional cadet football tournament which kicked off in Ghana, on Saturday dasportstainment247.com reports.
After the Black Stars of Ghana denied the Super Eagles the 2022 World Cup ticket in March, Nigeria has met the same West African neighbours twice in the Under 20 and Under 17 and have emerged unscathed in both encounters.
It was the Flying Eagles that thrashed the Black Satellites 2-0 at the WAFU Zone B elimination series last month before the latest feat recorded by the Golden Eaglets.
The five-time World champions put up a spirited showing as they took charge of the game from the blast of the whistle and opened the scoring in the 12th minute through a stunning free-kick from Emmanuel Michael.
Precious Williams doubled Nigeria’s lead just before the halftime after the Ghanaian goalkeeper spilled the ball from a rebound.
The host tried to improve their performance in the second half but it was too little, too late as Nigeria added to their tally through Jubril Azeez in the 53rd minute.
Abdu Razak Salifu gave Ghanaian fans something to cheer as he reduced the deficit with a 58th minute strike and rekindled the hope for a comeback but Ike Light made it 4-1 for the Eaglets in the 78th minute.
Ghana got a late reprieve in the game when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 87th minute which was well converted by Collins Agyemang.
All the efforts of Black Starlets to score more in the game proved abortive as Nigeria recorded a 4-2 victory and secured the maximum points in the openng game.
Golden Eaglets will face Togo in their next game on Tuesday knowing that a draw would be good enough to secure qualification to the semi final.