GOLDEN EAGLETS BEAT SOUTH KOREA IN PRE-WORLD CUP FRIENDLY

The Nigeria U17 side defeated their South Korean counterparts 4-2 on Wednesday in a warm-up game ahead of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil later this month.

In what is their second friendly in the South American country, Coach Manu Garba made a host of changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Sao Paulo FC in the previous game.  

Six minutes into the game, Divine Nwachukwu headed Nigeria into the lead, but Oh Jaehyeok drew the South Koreans level four minutes later from the penalty spot.

Soon after they got the equalizer, the Asians went ahead for the first time through Choi Minseo’s finish, but the lead didn’t last long as Olakunle Olusegun restored parity for the Nigerian side a minute later to keep the score even at the break. 

After the restart, both sides kept searching for more goals and it was Manu Garba’s wards who got them to prevail in the final six minutes of the game. 

Olakunle Olusegun got his second of the evening before Charles Etim’s wonderful curler from outside the area sealed a comeback 4-2 win for Nigeria at the Saropoca Sports Complex. 

Nigeria will begin their FIFA U17 World Cup campaign against Hungary on October 26.

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