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U-20 AFCON: Nigeria thrash Tunisia to take bronze medal in Egypt

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles defeated Tunisia 4-0 in the third-place final of the U-20 AFCON in Egypt on Friday evening.

Having suffered a disappointing defeat to the Young Scorpions of Gambia in the semifinals, the Flying Eagles put up a near perfect performance against Tunisia’s Junior Carthage Eagles, to take bronze.

It was Nigeria who made a fast start to the game and opened the scoring after nine minutes through FC Cartagena winger Ibrahim Muhammad Beji. The forward was on the end of a powerful low cross from Captain Daniel Bameyi.

First choice goalkeeper Chijioke Aniagboso then had a couple of nervy moments towards the end of the first half as he flapped at two consecutive crosses, but he had some heroic goal line defending from his teammates to thank for the preserved 1-0 lead at halftime.

The Flying Eagles doubled their advantage just ten seconds into the second half through KAA Gent striker Ahmed Abdullahi. The teenager received a pass from Muhammad Beji straight from kick-off and dribbled past one defender before slotting his effort past the goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, the Flying Eagles added a third in spectacular fashion. Receiving the ball just inside the Tunisian half, forward Jude Sunday motored past five Tunisian players before drilling an effort past the goalkeeper with his left foot.

The Nigerian team rounded off the scoring with a brilliant team goal in the 90th minute involving picture perfect passing and movements. Midfielder Onuche Ogbelu played a pass to right back, Bameyi, who found winger Rilwan Haliru Sarki in the right half-space. The winger played a pass centrally to Samson Lawal, who played a quick one-two with Nicholas Jonathan before releasing the ball to Sunday on the left wing. Using the overlapping run of left-back Solomon Agbalaka as a decoy, Sunday stepped inside before unleashing a powerful effort that beat the Tunisian goalkeeper at his near post.

The Flying Eagles claimed a comprehensive 4-0 win over Tunisia to end their campaign with a place on the podium in Egypt.

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