Flying Eagles of Nigeria dominated hosts Junior Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 in both countries’ second match at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday evening.
In the second group contest between the two winless teams, Solomon Agbalaka’s bullet header was enough to seal up a victory that gave Nigeria its first points of the championship.
The host, who gave as good as they got, had two excellent opportunities to take the lead in both halves but were unable to beat Chijioke Aniagboso, the Eagles’ agile goalkeeper, who saved at point-blank range on both occasions, the cable reports.
Agbalaka delivered the telling blow on 71 minutes when he rose highest to plant Mohammed Aminu’s header into the roof of the net.
The hosts continued to try but could not breach a defense that improved after the goal.
Ladan Bosso’s boys saw out five minutes of added time to clinch full points.
The Flying Eagles are second in the group with three points, two ahead of Egypt in third.
Recall that the Nigeria U-20 national team lost their opening group game against Senegal.
The Flying Eagles will face Mozambique in their final group match on Saturday, February 25.