Nigeria’s Flying Eagles hauled a massive five yellow cards and surrendered a 2-0 lead in an ill-tempered U-20 Africa Cup of Nations match against Guinea Bissau.
In the match played at the at the September 24 National Stadium on Saturday, Hotsportstv.com reports that the host had rallied back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against the Nigerian side after Enyimba winger, Wasiu Alalade, had scored a brace for the Flying Eagles in the keenly contested encounter.
The Guineans returned in the second half to cancel out Alalade’s 15 and 35 minutes strike, pulling back into the game, they reduced the deficit in the 54th minute and levelled up 3 minutes after the hour.
The referee from neighbouring Cape Verde, in the second half alone, booked as many as five Flying Eagles players; Idris Muhammed Guda[51′], Samuel Mike [59′], Moses Peter Eneji [61′], Valentine Ozornwafor [62′], Alhassan Ibrahim [71′].
The Nigerians continued to chase the game with the introduction of attacking players Jerome Akor, Maxwell Effiom and Asuquo Aniekeme halfway in the second half and they would even have netted a late winner off a goalmouth scramble but they failed to do so.
The return leg will come up next weekend. The overall winner of the contest will proceed to the final round of the qualifiers.
Niger will host the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.