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Golden Eaglets edge Zambia to win opener

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Nigeria has made a positive start in the Total Energies Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Algeria 2023, with a 1-0 victory over Zambia.

Favour Daniel’s second-half goal secured the victory for the Golden Eaglets, who now sit on top of Group B after their opening match.

Despite a late penalty miss by Light Eke, the Golden Eaglets managed to see off the slim advantage to move top of Group B after their opening match.

Both teams played well in the contest, with Nigeria creating more chances to score than their opponents but missing that clinical touch.

Abubakar Abdullahi thought he had scored the opener after 13 minutes but he was flagged offside, while Tochukwu Ogbabido had a rasping shot from the edge of the box go inches over.

Six minutes to the break, the Nigerians had a glorious chance when Hope Linus sent skipper Precious Williams through on goal with a brilliant through ball, but the Zambian keeper’s trailing leg deflected the ball against the upright.Three minutes on the turn Zambia were also denied by the woodwork, this time

Emmanuel Mwanza’s curling effort coming off against the crossbar. In the second half, Zambia were better off and commanded more of the possession.

They had a good chance in the 71st minute when substitute Obvious Mwaliteta sent Stainly Nyamikwe through on goal, but the Katter saw his effort well saved by the keeper.

Five minutes on the turn though, Zambia found themselves trailing.

Zambia mounted a challenge for a comeback, and they almost snatched an equalizer in added time when Marcel Zimba rolled a low cross into the area, but both Aaron Simpasa and Linecker Mbesuma couldn’t offer it a touch into an empty net.

Zambia’s next match will be a COSAFA derby against South Africa while Nigeria take on Morocco, both games set for next Wednesday.

Writing by Julian Osamoto