Guinea Bissau forced flying eagles to draw

Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles, were on Saturday forced to a 2-2 draw by their Guinea Bissau counterparts in the first leg of a 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations first round qualifying fixture in Bissau.

In a game of two halves, the Flying Eagles dominated the opening period and led 2-0 at the Cape Verdian referee’s whistle for the interval, thanks to a brace by Wasiu Alalade in the 15th and 35th minutes.

However, the hosts returned to the contest in the second half super-charged, and returned the Nigerian compliment to render the fixture delicately-poised ahead of the return leg in Nigeria in a week’s time.

Head Coach Paul Aigbogun blamed his boys for losing concentration in the second period, but expressed confidence that the seven-time African champions will do the job in the concluding encounter in Nigeria.

Both teams clash again at the Udoukaha Jacob Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday, 19th May 2018, with the winner on aggregate to proceed to the second round of the qualifiers where the winner of the Guinea/Mauritania fixture awaits.

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