Flying Eagles of Nigeria Friday in Niamey qualified for the FIFA under 20 World Cup in Poland.
The Paul Aigbogun led team whose qualification was temporarily delayed following a goalless draw against Amajita of South Africa in the second match of the competition scratched a loan goal win over host Niger to achieve the feat. The victory saw Nigeria finish atop of the group with seven points with South Africa emerging as the second finalists of the group.
The Nigeria versus Niger match though action packed especially in the second half nonetheless saw the Nigerian side missing chances with a sprinkle of inaccurate passes.
The breath taking goal by Adamu Alhassan turned out to be the only goal of the match and the much needed strike that to properly catapult the Flying Eagles to the world cup in Poland.
The victory also ensures a semifinal place for the Flying Eagles as Aigbogun attempts to increase the winning tally for the country.
Nigeria has won the competition a record seven times and emerging victorious in the finals in Niamey will increase the tally to eight.
With the World cup ticket safely in the kitty, Aigbogun and his technical crew are condemned to either go for the highest achievement Nigeria has reached in the competition at the world stage, the quarterfinals at the 1999 and 2017 editions respectively or make history for the themselves by getting to the semifinals and even beyond.
Senegal who were the first to clinch the world cup ticket in Niger will meet South Africa in the semifinals while Nigeria will either face Ghana or Mali in the second semifinal.