The Nigerian lads need to turn into the second African aspect to elevate the FIFA U20 World Cup
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles matched as much as the firepower of the Colombian U20 nationwide crew as they got here from a two-goal deficit to attract 3-3 with the South Individuals in a pleasant match performed on the October 20 Stadium in Tristan Suarez on Tuesday night time.
The worldwide pleasant match is Nigeria’s final earlier than they tackle the Dominican Republic of their opening match of the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina.
The Flying Eagles arrived on the venue in excessive spirit after hovering to a 3-2 victory over Membership Almirante Brown 3-2 on the weekend.
However issues shortly turned bitter for the Ladan Bosso-tutored boys after Colombia netted the opening purpose courtesy of an unlucky personal purpose within the twentieth minute.
Nigeria’s defence caved in but once more 9 minutes later as they conceded a penalty which Óscar Manuel Cortés transformed to double Colombia’s lead.
The Flying Eagles responded brilliantly and diminished the deficit by Jude Sunday 5 minutes earlier than halftime following a superb crew transfer.
Nevertheless, any hopes of Nigeria finishing the comeback had been punctured shortly after the restart when Yaser Asprilla discovered the again of the web for La Tricolor to revive the South Individuals’ two-goal benefit.
And when it appeared just like the Flying Eagles had been out and crushed, they managed to drag off an unbelievable comeback. Mohammed Beji scored within the sixty fifth earlier than Emmanuel Umeh fired house Nigeria’s third within the 78th minute to attract stage.
After this pleasant sport with Colombia, the Flying Eagles will depart Buenos Aires and fly to Mendoza, the place they’ll play their Group D matches.
Nigeria’s first sport on the U20 World Cup is towards the Dominican Republic on Could 21 earlier than they commerce tackles with Italy on Could 24. The Flying Eagles’ remaining group sport will likely be versus Brazil on Could 27, 2023.