Nigeria U20 1 Guinea Bissau U20 0: Adamu AlHassan sends Flying Eagles through.
A second penalty from the Kano Pillars’ forward ensured Paul Aigbogun’s boys reach the next round of qualifiers.(image players celebrates)
They defeated Guinea Bissau 1-0 to qualify 3-2 on aggregate for the Third Round of the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualification on Sunday.
Adamu AlHassan’s 58th-minute penalty was all the Flying Eagles needed to subdue their stubborn visitors.
Pal Aigbogun’s side had played a 2-2 draw in the first leg with Mada Alberto Pereira’s second-half brace eclipsing Wasiu Alalade’s first half strike at Estádio 24 de Setembro, Bissau.
Going into the second leg at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Nigeria U20 team know that anything short of victory would truncate their bid to reach the championship they missed two years ago in Zambia.
The game in Calabar started on a bright note with Alalade missing a goalmouth scramble which could have given Nigeria the lead.
AlHassan and Alalade also had chances to get the curtain raiser but that was not meant to be as the Guineans were resolute in defending.
The Flying Eagles mounted a lot of pressure on the visitors in the opening minute of the second half, and that paid off as Alalade was hacked down in the penalty area.
Kano Pillars’ AlHassan made no mistake in dispatching the ball past the Guinea goalkeeper as the fans went into frenzy.
All efforts by the visitor to come back into the game proved futile as Nigeria held on to win. With this victory, the Flying Eagles have secured a place in the next round and will face Mauritania who edged Guinea on away goal rule.
The first leg holds at the Stade Olympique, Nouakchott with the return leg holding in Calabar in July.