Nigeria’s U20 national team have booked their place in the next stage of the WAFU U20 Cup in Togo on Wednesday evening after coming from a goal down to earn a 4-2 win over arch-rival, Ghana, in their final Group B match. The Flying Eagles of Nigeria showed their superiority over their counterparts from Ghana with a dominant performance after going a goal down to seal their spot in the next round of the ongoing competition.
Ghana took a first half lead against the run of play through Emmanuel Toku and just when they were about to end the half with their lead, Enyimba’s Maxwell Effiom levelled scores for Nigeria. The goal gave the Flying Eagles the needed confidence as Paul Aigbogun’s boys came out the of the break the better side but they had to wait for a bit to reap rewards for their superiority.
On the hour mark, Ibrahim Abubakar Babawo popularly referred to as the ‘New Ahmed Musa‘ put the Flying Eagles in front from the penalty spot. Wasiu Alalade and Effiom with his second of the game then put the game beyond the reach of the Ghanaians with the third and fourth goals for the Nigerians to open up a 4-1 lead going into the closing stages.
And though Toku scored a stoppage time consolation for the Ghanaians, the result put Nigeria top of the group with four points from two games ahead of Niger by virtue of a better goal difference, while Ghana bowed out of the WAFU Cup with their stars dimmed having failed to pick up a point in their two games.