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The Democracy Day in Nigeria was indeed a fruitful day for Nigerian Football as the U15 National Team defeated their Mexican U16 counterparts 3-1 in their opening match of the 2019 International Dream Cup tournament in Miyagi, Japan.

The match was played hours before the Super Falcons took the pitch against Korea Republic at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and earned a sweet win.

Egesionu Sopuruchukwu got Nigeria in front in the 44th minute as the Future Eagles led 1-0 at half time, at the Yurtec Stadium in Miyagi.

Adeleke Oluwatobi made it 2-0 for Nigeria in the 55th minute, before Adeyeye Damilola added another in the 72nd minute.

Mexico’s lone goal came in the 78th minute through Huescas Hurtado Rodrigo Jhossel.


The Future Eagles will now confront host nation Japan’s U16 squad at the same venue on Friday.

Coach Usman Haruna told “I am happy with the performance of the boys in this first match. Our focus now is on the encounter with the host nation. We expect that match to be tougher so we will also prepare harder in order to achieve victory.”


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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