Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have qualified for the World Cup championship in Poland after beating Niger Republic in the ongoing U20 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Kano Pillars midfielder Alhassan Adamu’s free-kick from an acute angle in the 73rd minute proved to be the match winner for the Nigerian team, who came into the tie needing a draw to progress.
The sumptuous goal by Adamu Alhassan was enough to catapult the Flying Eagles as group winners and to the world cup in Poland.
The victory also ensures a semi-final place for the Flying Eagles as coach Paul Aigbogun attempts to increase the country’s domination of the competition.
South Africa’s Amajita also progressed from the group and to the World Cup after pipping Burundi 1-0 in the other tie.
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 secured, coach Aigbogun and his technical crew can now make history for themselves by winning the country’s first trophy at this level after twice losing in the final in 1989 and 2005.