Nigeria’s U23 national team have given themselves the advantage over Gabon after their 4-1 win in Libreville in the All Africa Games qualifiers.
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) striker, Junior Ajayi scored twice while Oghenekaro Etebo and Peter Onyekachi completed the rout just after Gabon got one back through Axel Meye at the Stade Augustin Monedan a Sibang, Gabon.
Ajayi netted for Samson Siasia’s team in the first minute of the match and Warri Wolves striker, Etebo, made it two-nil from 12 yards with two minutes to the break.
Two minutes into the second half, Ajayi struck again for his second of the match.
But Gabon gave themselves a lifeline when Axel Meye scored just mid-way into the second half.
Nigeria’s U23 restored their three-goal lead through Enyimba forward Peter Onyekachi at the 88th minute.
Siasia’s side would play host to their Gabonese counterparts at the National Stadium in Abuja on March 7.
Following the released images of weed infested pitch of the National Stadium Abuja on social media; the National Sports Commission has announced plans to install a culture of regular maintenance of all sports facilities in the country.
Speaking exclusively to Channels Television in Abuja, the Special Assistant on media to the Minister of Sports and chairman National Sports Commission, Mr Julius Ogunro stated that the on-going rehabilitation work that has commenced at the Abuja National Stadium is in line with this new resolve.
Mr Ogunro said the rehabilitation work being carried out on the main pitch of the Abuja national stadium will be extended to all parts of the stadium and other sporting facilities outside the Federal Capital Territory.
He further said that the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi has expressed unhappiness over the state of the stadium and others under the management of the National Sports Commission.
The aide further revealed that the Ministry has put measures in place to ensure that all facilities are maintained regularly.