—As U-23 Eagles Thump Academy 3-0
By Johnny Edward and James Agberebi:
Nigeria U-23s coach, Samson Siasia, may adopt a two-man strike partnership of Junior Ajayi and Taiwo Awoniyi in the return leg of the African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo on Sunday.
According to the team’s media officer, Timi Ebikagboro, Siasia paired both Awoniyi and Ajayi in the U-23 Eagles’ 3-0 friendly match win against Amakson Academy on Wednesday in Abuja.
And after a goalless first half, the duo were substituted prior to the start of the second 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, goals from Shehu Abdullahi, Mohammed Usman and Aminu Umar secured the win for the U-23 Eagles.
The game against Amakson is the U-23 Eagles’ last tune-up game before jetting out of the country on Thursday for Congo.
Defender Stanley Amuzie sounded confident after the friendly.
“It’s a must-win game and we have our backs against the wall to win,” he told completesportsnigeria.com.
“We’ve not lost away and we intend maintain our record away.”
Meanwhile, Santos Academy held the Super Falcons to a 1-1 draw in Abuja ahead of Sunday’s 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers against the Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea.