Nigeria’s national U-20 team, the Flying Eagles defeated regional rivals Benin Republic 3-1 in the final of the WAFU Zone B competition.
The Nigerians who didn’t lose any game throughout the tournament showed their attacking prowess with Remo Stars Tolulope Ojo the main element in the sweet victory in Niger.
A Beninoise defender handled the ball in the box in an attempt to foil a Nigerian attack and Ojo converted the resulting penalty to give Nigeria the lead in the 38th minute.
The game took a feisty turn close to the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second half but Ojo’s 70th minute long-range effort gave the Flying Eagles a 2-0 lead and the Remo Stars’ player his second of the night.
Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles, on Friday night emerged champions of the West Africa B Zone when they defeated the Young Squirrels of Benin Republic 3-1 in the final of the WAFU B Under 20 Championship in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic.
— Bayo Adegboyega (@Bayoradegboyega) May 20, 2022
Ibrahim Muhammad compounded Benin’s woes in the 77th minute as he lobbed an onrushing Beninoire goalkeeper to give Nigeria the third goal of the encounter.
Benin pulled one goal back in the 84th minute to reduce the deficit.
Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso, now on his third stint with the U-20 national team failed to grab the African Youth Championship ticket in 2020.
His current team has however banished the memory of the past as they look to qualify for the World Youth Championship in Indonesia.
Benin Republic 1-3 Nigeria.
Flying Eagles are champions of the 2022 U20 WAFU Cup.
Ladan Bosso boys also picked the 2023 U20 AFCON ticket.
Four games, three wins and one draw.#U20WAFUCup
— Adepoju Tobi Samuel 🇳🇬 (@OgaNlaMedia) May 20, 2022
They must however be one of the best four teams in the African U-20 Championship slated for Egypt in 2023.