Nigeria’s Golden Eaglet beats hosts Tanzania 5-4 in their opening match at the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.
It was a match which saw the hosts collapsing in the latter part of the match against the five-time world champions.
The Eaglets missed several scoring opportunities in a match they had in their hands but almost threw away due to sluggish marking, carelessness at the rear and slack finishing.
They could have been one goal up after twenty seconds of play but a poor shot by Olakunle Olusegun with the goal gaping was easily thwarted by goalkeeper Yahya Mwinyi.
There were more wastage, by Wisdom Ubani and Ayobami Amoo, before Olatomi Olaniyan put Nigeria in front. He booted into the net from a rebound after an initial effort was stopped by Mwinyi.
Tanzania replied straight from the restart, when Edmund John stroked past a badly-positioned goalkeeper Suleiman Shaibu, who showed little confidence all afternoon.
The Eaglets were expected to start the second period from where they left off in the first, but they resorted to defending and duly collapsed in a manner unimaginable.