By Albert Akota
Golden Eaglets have made Nigerians proud as they have shown that no one has the right to mess with Nigeria especially after the Gabonese fans called the Eaglets ‘Ebola Nigeria’ in the first leg in Libreville.
The young Nigerian Boys thrashed their Gabonese 5-0 at the U. J Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar in their second leg-final qualifier towards African Under-17 Championship.
Nigeria qualified on a 6-2 aggregate and secured a ticket to next year’s Championship to be hosted in Niger between February 15 and March 1.
Ebere Osinachi and Kehinde Ayinde got a brace each after Captain Kelechi Nwakali had grabbed the curtain raiser from e spot.
Nigeria started the game cautiously as the Gabonese soaked the initial pressure but it was not too long before the visitors were put in real danger when Suleiman Abdullahi sprinted and waltzed through the right wing and pushed the ball on the path of Kingsley Michael only to be brought down in the box by Gabonese goalkeeper Noubi Fotso in the box.
Captain Kelechi Nwakali scored the resultant penalty kick as he sent the Fotso the other way for Nigeria’s first goal in the 19th minute. Eleven minutes later, the second goal came through the right flank yet again when Samuel Chukwueze’s pull out found Ebere Osinachi who wasted no time before pushing the ball into the net.