Nigeria vs Tanzania: Golden Eaglets defeat hosts, Tanzania 5-4 in Group A

Nigeria vs Tanzania: Golden Eaglets defeat hosts, Tanzania 5-4 in Group A

- Nigeria vs Tanzania ended in a nine-goal thriller in an opening AFCON U-17 Group A contest

- The Golden Eaglets went 3-1 into the break as goals from Olatomi, Ubani and Amoo put them ahead

- But the Tanzanians, in dramatic fashion came back and led in the second by 4-3 with less than 20 minutes left to play

- However Nigeria wrestled their way back into the match with goals from Ubani and Jabaar who ensured 5-4 victory

Nigeria vs Tanzania ended 5-4 in favour of the Golden Eaglets as they began their U-17 AFCON campaign with a nine-goal thriller.

The young Nigerian side started off on a bright note as Olatomi Alfred put his side in the lead as he pounces on a rebound to make it 1-0.

Tanzania responded immediately within 60 seconds as they caught the Golden Eaglets off guard to put the scores level at one apiece.

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Nduka Ugbade's boys got their noses back in front as Wisdom Ubani restores Nigeria's lead to make it 2-1.

Nigeria were 3-1 up in the 31st minute as Akin Amoo rounded the on rushing goalie and slots the ball home.

The Golden Eaglets went into the break with a two-goal advantage in their favour as looked forward for a better performance in the second half.

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But the Tanzanians were not going down without a fight as they reduced the lead to one goal, scoring in the 51st minute to make it 3-2.

The game recorded its sixth goal as Tanzania equalized in dramatic fashion as the home crowd were sent into rapturous celebrations as the scores were level at 3-3.

The East African nation then got their noses in front for the first time in the match as they stunned their Nigerian counterpart to lead by 4-3.

Mayowa Abayomi handled the ball in the area for a penalty as the hosts converted the resulting spot-kick and were heading to an emphatic victory over the former world champions.

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But the Golden Eaglets were not done yet as Ubani completed his brace and leveled the scores for Nigeria courtesy of a well-taken free-kick in the 71st minute. It became 4-4.

Five minutes later Ugbade's boys were back in the lead as Ibrahim Jabaar hits a super strike to Nigeria 5-4 up.

Nigeria will play their next Group A game against Angola on Wednesday, April 17 while Tanzania takes on Burundi on the same day. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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