Adamu Alhassan’s 58th minute penalty against Guinea Bissau ensured Nigeria progressed to the third round of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Nigeria won 3-2 on aggregate following a first leg 2-2 result in Bissau, and will set up a tricky third round tie against Mauritania.
On the day, the visitors showed grit starving off everything their Nigerian counterparts threw at them.
If he was a thorn in the side of Guinea Bissau in the first-leg, Flying Eagles Forward Alalade Wasiu returned with even more guile; hoping to add to the brace he scored in Bissau.
However, he was a bit blunt on the few occasions when the ball fell invitingly for him to punish the opposition further.
The first half ended goalless with both sides very apprehensive of what was to be in the second half.
Eventually, he wouldn’t get a goal but Alalade was crucial to Nigeria’s winning goal at the U.J. Esuene.
The forward was bundled over inside the box and the Referee pointed to the spot for a penalty.
Adamu Alhassan stepped up and dispatched the kick with aplomb to hand Nigeria a clear advantage and eventually help the team win 1-0.
The result means Nigeria will progress to the third round of the qualifiers where they face Mauritania.
The East Africans qualified on a 3-3 aggregate win following a 1-0 first-leg victory at home against Guinea and a 3-2 loss in Conakry.
The first-leg of the Mauritania vs Nigeria tie comes up in July, with the Flying Eagles playing away.