Ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, the Nigerian U-17 team, Golden Eaglets, late Wednesday, defeated their Argentinean counterpart 2-1, at the Argentina Football Association (AFA) Centre in Buenos Aires.
The Argentine team kicked off the game and dominated the early stages with their crisp-short passes, but were unable to contain the superb display from the Golden Eaglets as Victor Osimhen and Funso Bamgboye scored a goal apiece in each half to give the Nigerian fans something to smile about.
In the 21st minute, Bamgboye broke free from the right flank and flicked the ball to Osimhen who stroke the ball into the far corner for the opener.
Bamgboye increased the lead in the 50th minute, when he struck from the edge of the box after a corner kick by captain Kelechi Nwakali.
Minutes later, the home side capitalized on Eaglets’ defensive mix-up to reduce the tally, thereafter, it was an end to end affair as both sides defended in their numbers to the very end.
After the game, the Deputy Head of Nigeria’s Mission in Argentina, Mr. Adelanwa Tiwalade applauded the discipline and determination of the Eaglets, assuring that they will even get better with time.
Adelanwa said, “Though I’m a layman in terms of football but I was very impressed with our boys because of their discipline and determination throughout the match.”
“They did well and we pray they would even get better in their forthcoming matches.”
The Golden Eaglets begin their campaign as defending champions against the United States of America on Saturday 17th October 2015.