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Ogbonna eyes top scorer’s award, as Nigeria bash Egypt 4-1


African Beach Soccer Championship

Nigeria’s Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (right) tries to outwit Egypt’s Moustafa Shaaban during their African Beach Soccer Championship match at the Roche Caiman Sports Complex in Victoria, Seychelles… yesterday. PHOTO: CAF.

EMEKA Ogbonna, who got two goals in the 10-1 demolition of hosts, Seychelles on Tuesday, yesterday scored another brace as the Supersand Eagles hit Egypt 4-1 in their second game of the on-going African Beach Soccer Championship.

The victory at the Roche Caiman Sports Complex in Victoria, Seychelles, took Nigeria to six points and the semifinals of the competition. As was the case in the opening game on Tuesday, the Audu Adamu Ejo boys took their time in getting into the game with the first period ending without goals.

They got one goal in the second stanza through Skipper Isiaka Olawale and from then on, the Supersand Eagles proved too hot for the Pharaohs to handle. In the third period, Nigeria scored three quick goals through Ogbonna (two) and Abu Azeez.

The Egyptians got one back through Abouserie. Egypt looked the more aggressive side in the first stanza, but they n could not find a way into the Nigerian net.

They hit the frame of the post on three occasions early on, but they looked subdued after Olawale’s goal in the second period. An unfortunate own goal put the score at 4-0 and the Nigerians began looking like the tournament favourite that they are.

When the final whistle sounded, Nigeria was up 4-1. Tomorrow’s session with the Ivoirians is expected to be tougher as the West African rivals possess a number of quality players just like the Nigerians.

However, Nigeria boasts a greater pedigree in the game, with plenty of FIFA World Cup experience. Egypt though managed to get one back but it proved only elementary as Nigeria have now taken pole position in Group A ahead of the two other teams, Ivory Coast and Seychelles.

Nigeria now have maximum of six points from two games played so far and will face the Ivoirians on Thursday in a game that could decide the group winners. Ogbonna’s two goals yesterday put his tally at four, which puts him among the highest scorers in this competition. Abu Azeez is also in the running as he has scored three times.

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