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Olympic Eagles Beat Tanzania 2-0 to Reach Final Round, Pocket $50,000

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Nigeria reached the ultimate spherical of the 2023 Africa U23 Cup of Nations on Saturday after Timilehin Ogunniyi and Success Makanjuola scored within the second leg on the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan to condemn guests Tanzania to a two-goal defeat and 1-3 loss on mixture.

Some hours earlier than the sport, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Chairman of the NFF Task Force on Youth Competitions, Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi had buoyed the spirit of the staff with redemptions of money guarantees and additional pronises of windfall ought to they put the Junior Taifa Stars to the sword. It was due to this fact no shock when the Olympic Eagles began like a home on fireplace.

Success Makanjuola, Akanni Qudus, Timilehin Ogunniyi, Sunusi Ibrahim and the attack-minded defender Dominion Ohaka hassled and harassed the guests’ rearguard to no finish, however with out discovering the early breakthrough they a lot desired.

However, Tanzania performed a compact and financial sport, and will have gone forward as early because the twelfth minute when Mundhir Abadalla unleashed from the sting of the field as Daniel Wotlai mis-judged ball in flight. Nigeria’s first selection Nathaniel Nwosu was up to the duty.

Three minutes later, Ohaka’s shot was too excessive from 20 yards, and Ogunniyi’s efforts screamed means off mark within the 18th minute as Nigeria utilized strain.

Nwosu once more got here up large within the twenty eighth minute to thwart Muhajiri Jaribi who let fly from simply outdoors the left facet of the field. But Nigeria was not daunted and continued to impress within the presence of Governor Makinde and prime officers of the Oyo State Government, Sports Minister Sunday Dare and NFF Board Members.

In the second interval, Sunusi Ibrahim side-netted from a scissors kick and Ohaka’s thrust went away as Nigeria saved their ft on the pedal, however they may have been shocked within the 52nd minute when a defensive error allowed Edmund Godreu John sight of aim just for him to pull the ball too excessive.

Nigeria continued to knock on the door and it lastly opened within the 62nd minute, when Ogunniyi slammed into the web from a free-kick 23 yards out.

Eight minutes later, the Olympic Eagles had been two objectives up when the irrepressible Ogunniyi was hacked within the field, and Makanjuola discovered the penalty from the spot.

At the tip, Sports Minister Sunday Dare praised the staff for a job nicely executed, however charged them to develop the mentality to convert a lot of the alternatives they create throughout play.

Governor Makinde, Alhaji Balele and Hon. Bukola Olopade all fulfilled their pre-match pledges of $25,000, $20,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The Olympic Eagles will play the winner of the fixture between Uganda and Guinea within the remaining spherical of the qualifiers in March 2023.

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