By Ikenna Agu
The Golden Eaglets have preserved their unbeaten record by beating Akwa-Ibom state selected Under-17 team tagged Umana-Umana 6-1 at the Uyo Township Stadium. The game which was in celebration of the Golden Jubillee of Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio, the executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state, was played under floodlight with an impressive turn out of spectators.
But it was the home team that took the lead very early with a well struck free kick by Captain Sylvanus Nsikak that left goalkeeper Adewale Adeyinka for the dead. The Eaglets fought back gamely and were rewarded with three goals through Bernard Bulbwa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success before the end of the abridged 30-minute game.
The Eaglets were on a cruise control in the second half with Success and Bulbwa scoring their second goal of the night. Chidera Ezeh, who came in as a late substitute for injured Iheanacho, sealed the victory to the delight of the fans.
Coach Manu Garba (MFR) said it was great the Golden Eaglets rounded off its activities for the year on a resounding note, adding that the team would go on break to resume early next year preparing for the African Under-17 championship to be hosted in Morocco. The Golden
Eaglets have been drawn in a tough preliminary group comprising complete with Congo Brazzaville, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.