Niger 2019: Nigeria’s Flying Eagles beat Mauritania to qualify
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations to be staged in the Niger Republic in 2019.
The Nigeria U-20 team sealed their qualification in style on Saturday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos as they thumped their counterparts from Mauritania 5-0.
The Flying Eagles scored two goals in the first half and did more in the second half to confirm their superiority over their opponents.
It was Wasiu Alalade that put Nigeria in front in the 12th minute with a shot from a goalmouth scramble.
After a flurry of missed chances, the Flying Eagles doubled their lead after the half-hour mark through Nafizi Yahaya.
Yahaya scored with a cool finish after being one-on-one with the Mauritania Goalkeeper.
Yahaya continued from where he stopped in the second half as he made it three for Nigeria few minutes after the restart.
The goal scoring spree for the Flying Eagles continued in the second half as Okon Aniekeme made it 4-0.
The fifth goal was from the penalty spot.
The 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations to be staged in Niger Republic has been fixed for 24 February – 10 March 2019.
Nigeria is arguably the most successful team at this level in Africa, having been champions of Africa at U20 level in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011 and 2015.
Qualifying for Niger 2019 is key for Nigeria as it is the first step towards qualifying for the Cadet World Cup.
The top four teams at Niger 2019 will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland as the CAF representatives.
Zambia are the defending champions of the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.