The Nigeria U20 team held the Egyptian U20 team to a 0-0 draw in the first of a two game friendly match against same team in Egypt as part of their preparations for the 2019 African Youth Championship Qualifiers.
Egypt had the best of the chances but Nigeria were resolute in defence and they showed no sign of a team that have only been in camp for just a month, unlike their counterparts who have been training for one months.
Coach Paul Aigbogun lined up his team in a 4-3-3 formation, but the wide men of his team failed to supply the necessary balls for top striker Jesse Akila who started the game to trouble the Egyptians.
Both teams will clash again next tomorrow, and this time around coach Aigbogun will be expecting a better performance in attack particularly as the livewire of his team’s attack Peter Eneji didn’t start this particular game.
Meanwhile, highly rated Bournemouth teen midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh has been called up by the coach of the Nigeria U-20 team who are preparing for the qualifiers for the 2019 African Youth Championship.
18 year old Ofoborh penned a two and a half year deal with the Premier League outfit in December, a year after joining them from Millwall, the team he joined after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
He travelled with the first team of Bournemouth for their Premier League clash against Swansea City. A sign of how much he has impressed coach Eddie Howe with his performances for the Under-18s and 21s. Ofoborh becomes the first foreign based player to be called up coach Paul Aigbogun who is presently with the team in Egypt, where they are going to play two friendly games against their Egyptian counterparts.
Starting 11 vs Egypt U20s – Detan Ogundare – Mike Zaruma, Ikouwem Udo, Mubarak Abdulsalam, Valantine Ozonwofor – Mohammed Jamil, Asuquo Aneikeme, Abubakar Ibrahim, Alhassan Ibrahim – Akila Jesse, Alalade Wasiu