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Golden Eaglets Defeat Brazil in 4-Nation Tournament

Valentine Chinyem

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Nigeria’s U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, defeated the Junior Selecao of Brazil 2-1 at the on-going Suwon Continental Cup international youth (U-17) football tournament in South Korea on Friday.

Kingsley Michael and Chukwudi Agor scored two first half goals but David Enogela gave away a second half own goal to reduce the deficit for the Brazilians.

Nigeria went into the lead through Michael in the 20th minute when he delicately placed the ball behind Juliano after the goalkeeper could only parry Victor Oshimen’s shot.

Twelve minutes later, Osimhen again laid the ball on the path of Chukwudi Agor who shot from a tight angle to score his first goal in national team colours.

The Brazilians swooped on the Eaglets in the second half and Evander saw his shot ricochet off the bar in the 54th minute and goalkeeper Udoh Akpan was at his best to punch away Vitinho’s volley in the 60th minute. But they reduced the tally after Enogela deflected the ball beyond his keeper.

With the victory, the Eaglets shot their way to the top of the 4-Nation tournament with four points following their 1-1 draw with South Korea on Wednesday.

Golden Eaglets v Brazil

U.Akpan, J.Lazarus, T.Ibe, E.Ikwu, H.Zakari, J.Osikel(K. Nwakali 54), C.Agor, C.Madueke, K.Michael(G.Thompson 57), F.Bamgboye(D.Enogela 54), V.Osimhen.

Culled from the cable