The Golden Eaglets, Nigeria’s U-17 national team, have secured a place in the quarter-finals of the on-going U-17 World Cup completion by beating Iraq 5-0 in their final group match on Friday.
The Golden Eaglets led their group with seven points from the three matches played.
Mexico placed second and qualified automatically for the second round of the competition. Sweden also qualified despite placing third in the group as one of the best third placed teams.
Nigeria’s first goal was scored via a penalty kick that was converted into a goal by Musa Mohammed in the 4th minute of the match.
Less than a minute after the penalty, Chidiebere Nwakali made it 2-0 for Nigeria.
Nigeria’s third goal was scored in the 17th minute by Musa Yahaya who also scored the fourth goal in the 41st minute.
The Iraqis came back for the second half of the match with a determination to wipe out a four-goal deficit and in the process put Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Alampasu, to the test. The Nigerian goalie had to make several fantastic saves to ensure the Golden Eaglets kept a clean sheet throughout the match.
Hard as the Iraqis fought it was still Nigeria that scored in the second half when Chigozie Obasi slotted in Nigeria’s fifth goal in the 90th minute of the match to round up what had been an impressive campaign so far by this class of Golden Eaglets.
The team play Iran next in the second round of the competition on Tuesday, 29th October.