The Flying Eagles, on Saturday in Abuja continued their preparations for the African Youth Championship qualifiers with a resounding 4-0 win over Nigerian Nationwide League outfit, Dabo Babes.
Alhassan ‘Muazam’ Ibrahim continued with his rich vein of form by scoring a hat-trick against the Kano-based side, while Ifeanyi Matthew scored the Flying Eagles’ fourth goal.
Muazam, who came in for Sulaiman Abdullahi on the half-hour mark, opened scoring for the Flying Eagles in first half stoppage time with a simple tap in.
And when the Flying Eagles were awarded a penalty on 58 minutes, after Taiwo Awoniyi was blocked inside the penalty area on his way to goal, Muazam stepped up to convert from the spot.
Muazam, who scored all of the Flying Eagles’ goals in their recent playing tour of Morocco, then completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute with a powerful, left-footed shot that rested in the back of the net before Matthew, five minutes later, smashed home the fourth goal with a well-struck rocket from outside the box.
“We’re just starting the actual building and coaching of the team,” said Flying Eagles assistant coach Nduka Ugbade after the game. “There have been improvements and we hope to be 40, 50 percent up to our full potentials by our first leg qualifier next month.”
The Flying Eagles will come up in the next round of the AYC qualifiers against the winner of the Kenya-Tanzania tie. Both sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg tie in Nairobi a fortnight ago and will meet in the decider next Saturday in Dar es Salaam.