By Amosu Adeboye, LAGOS
Golden Eaglets head coach Manu Garba is pleased with his team’s performance in Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Angola at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.
A lone goal from Olakunle Olusegun from the spot in the 20th minute was enough for the Golden Eaglets to beat the Angolans in their Group A Day two fixture and move within touching distance of a place at the last four.
Garba’s charges were awarded a penalty after Angola skipper, Jose Cabingano handed the ball inside the box and Olusegun made no mistakes to put it into the back of the net to decide the match.
Angola suffered a huge blow in the 51st minute after captain Cabingano was sent off for a second yellow after fouling Olusegun outside the 18th yard.
“I need to congratulate my players. Despite many mistakes they make in the game today, they were still able to win. You know most of them this is their first International tournament but I am happy they did it well. Both teams created chances today but the score is the only difference,”he told reporters after the game.
The win was the Golden Eaglets’ second of the competition after they edged out Tanzania 5-4 in the opening game last Sunday. They top Group A with six points from tow games.
Uganda who defeated hosts Tanzania 3-0 are second with three points, while Angola who have the same points but with an inferior goal difference sit in third position.
The Golden Eaglets will face Uganda in their final group game on Saturday. A draw will be enough for them to book their passage into the last four and the FIFA U -17 World Cup in Brazil.