Awoniyi Scores Hat-trick In Flying Eagles Win

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Taiwo Awoniyi fired a hat-trick as the Flying Eagles continued their preparations for the final African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier against Lesotho with an 8-0 pounding of non-league Basa United.

The Nigeria U20 team will host Lesotho on August 15 with the reverse tie in Maseru two weeks later.

The overall winners of this match-up will qualify for the 2015 AYC in Senegal in March.

Awoniyi hit target in the 8th, 20th and 24th minutes as the Flying Eagles again ran up another big win.

But Enugu Rangers ace Obinna Nwobodo also shone in midfield even though he did not get his name on the scoreboard.

Awoniyi got going after just eight minutes when he smashed home a superb shot.

Bernard Bulbwa doubled the advantage after 14 minutes, before Awoniyi got his second goal in the 20th minute, when he was set up by right back Ifeanyi Nweke.

Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Muazam’ should have made it 4-0 three minutes later, but he failed to do so from inside the box.

However, he then set up Awoniyi to complete his hat-trick a minute later.

Muazam’s penalty was saved by the goalkeeper in the 26th minute and on the half hour mark, his clever chip failed to find its mark.

Ifeanyi Matthew buried a fifth goal from the penalty spot in the 59th minute after substitute Chisom Eze was brought down inside the box.

Eze then got his own goal three minutes later after he was put through by Abubakar Lawal.

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi headed a corner by Ifeanyi Matthew for the seventh goal on 72 minutes.

Central defender Wilfred Ndidi will complete the rout with a well-taken shot in the 79th minute, before Wasiu Jimoh and Lawal failed to convert begging chances in the closing moments of the encounter.

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