Nigeria U20 coach Manu Garba tips Ghana to excel at Africa Youth Championship

Nigeria U20 coach Manu Garba has tipped their Ghanaian counterparts to reach the knock-out stages of next month’s Africa Youth Championship despite defeating the Black Satellites 2-0 in a second friendly played in Tema on Wednesday.

The first test match between the two 2015 African Youth Championship-bound teams ended 2-2 in Accra on Monday.

Like it was in the first match, Wednesday’s match was one of two halves – the Ghana Black Satellites dominated the first half and the Flying Eagles bossed the second half to make the most of their chances and win the game.

Skipper Musa Muhammed put away a penalty in the 70th minute after a Ghana defender handled the ball inside his box.

Substitute Ifeanyi Matthew doubled the Flying Eagles lead in stoppage time, when he finished off a flowing attack with a powerful shot from the top of the box.

Despite the win by the Flying Eagles, Manu Garba says the Ghanaians will excel in next month’s tournament in Senegal despite their win over the home side.

“We had a much better second half after our pep talk at half time. It was also a better performance for my team than what we showed in the first match,” praised Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba.

“Ghana too are a very good team and I tip them to go past Group B at the AYC.”

Ghana will make a tour of Turkey before heading to Senegal for the championship.

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