The Flying Eagles, Nigeria’s U-20 men’s national team, defeated Cosmos FC 4-2 in a friendly match on Saturday in preparation for the WAFU B U20 tournament, which will be held in Niamey, Niger Republic.
The encounter, which took place on the FIFA Goal project surface, package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, was the Ladan Bosso-trained team’s first friendly.
The Flying Eagles got out to a fast start, taking a 2-1 lead in the first half before completely shredding their opponents in the second half, scoring two more goals to make the score 4-1.
Aminu Mohammed, Aliyu Abdullahi, Ahmed Abdullahi, and Adams Yakubu scored the goals.
Ladan Bosso, the Flying Eagles’ coach, indicated after the game that the technical staff would continue to fine-tune the team’s approach before the competition.
“I was impressed with the boys because this was our first match; we’ll keep improving and making sure we’re ready for the competition,” he said.
The biannual WAFU tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the U-20 AFCON in Egypt in 2023, will take place in Niamey from May 7 to May 20.
The Flying Eagles, seven-time African champions, play in Group B with Ghana and Burkina Faso, longstanding rivals.
In Group A, the hosts Niger Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Benin Republic will compete.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the competition’s semi-finals, with only the two finalists qualifying for the finals.