Saturday Jun 25, 2016. 14:41
The form of Liverpool forward Taiwo Awoniyi must be of great concern after he spurned chance after chance as the Nigeria Olympic team fell 4-3 to their U20 counterparts in a test game on Saturday in Abuja.
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“He is going through a slump,” admitted a top Nigeria Olympic official.
Awoniyi’s misses summed up the poor finishing of coach Samson Siasia’s side as they lost for the second straight time to the Flying Eagles.
For the first 20 minutes, Dream Team pegged the Flying Eagles to their own half of the pitch with Godwin Saviour failing to hit target from inside the box.
Saviour then set Awoniyi up on goal only for goalkeeper Amos Benjamin to make a point-blank save.
It was therefore against the run of play when Orji Okonkwo opened scoring for the Flying Eagles, before Saviour drew the Dream Team level.
Okonkwo then regained the Flying Eagles, before Samuel Chukwueze made it 3-1 going into the interval.
In the second half, Oghenekaro Etebo pulled a goal back for the Olympic team only for Victor Osimhen to power home a fourth goal for the Flying Eagles off a diving header.
Portugal-based Shehu Abdullahi pulled another goal back for the Nigeria U23s in the closing minutes, but it was too little, too late for them to redeem themselves against their younger opponents.