By Damola Emmanuel
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria, Friday, avenged their 2013 0-2 defeat by Tunisia by battering the Young Carthage Eagles 4-0 to claim bronze in the ongoing U-20 AFCON in Egypt.
It was a happy ending for the Ladan Bosso-led team as they perched on and bloodied the young Tunisian side to lessen the pain of their semi-final loss to Gambia who shoved them aside with a lone goal.
The victory is the Flying Eagles’ third over the Young Carthage Eagles. Nigeria had mauled Tunisia 4-0 on December 27, 1980; 2-1 on May 4, 1985; while both sides evened scores at 1-1 on April 21, 1985.
Conversely, Tunisia gave Nigeria an unpleasant New Year gift on January 11, 1981, when the Young Carthage Eagles walloped the Flying Eagles 4-1; and took the upper hand again on February 28, 1985, beating the Nigerians 2-0.
Friday’s harvest of goals came through Ibrahim Muhammad, Ahmed Abdullahi and Jude Sunday, who scored a brace to give the Flying Eagles their first U-20 AFCON third-place victory in 10 years.
However, regardless of Friday’s outcome, the two teams have already qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in Indonesia.