Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets began their quest for a third continental title at the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations on a blistering note yesterday as they beat host Tanzania 5-4 in a thrilling encounter.
The Coach, Manu Garba-tutored side showed great promise as they held their own against the Tanzanians who were playing in front of their vociferous home crowd.
It was Olatomi Olaniyan that got the curtain raiser scoring in the 21st minute for the Eaglets. But the hosts responded with a quick equaliser almost immediately through Edmund John.
The Golden Eaglets soon pulled away scoring two fantastic goals in the 31st and 37th minute through Wisdom Ubani and then Akinkunmi Amoo as the first half ended 3-1 in favour of the Nigerian lads.
It was the Eaglets that had the first real chance in the second half but the opportunity was blown away and that proved costly.
After Kelvin John reduced the deficit to 2-3, the Tanzanians were handed two debatable penalties by the…