Victor Osimhen scored a stunning hat-trick to help Nigeria U-23 male team, Olympic Eagles to a 4-0 win over Libya and also a qualification to this year’s U-23 AFCON finals, and cumulatively next year’s Olympic Games on a 4-2 aggregate score.
Coach Imama Amapakabo-led squad suffered 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture five days ago, but the victory means they are through to the finals on 4-2 aggregate.
Osimhen drafted from the Super Eagles for a rescue mission scored one goal in the first half and two in the second before setting up Nigeria’s fourth goal with a back-heel to seal a brilliant comeback.
The Nigeria’s team got the game off to a shaky note as they showed anxiety while attacking their visitors, but finally settled into the game with Nwakali striking a superb free kick that was denied by the sticks in the 19th minute.
Barely one minute after, the young Eagles mounted pressure on the Libyans as Villarreal attacker, Samuel Chukwueze tried doubling his side’s lead but danger was averted by the guests.
Osimhen got a chance to double his side’s lead in the first half but his thunderous long range shot was stopped by the wood works in the 45th minute of the meeting.
After the break, Coach Amapakabo’s lads continued their impressive attacking football and not long before then, Osimhen found the back of the net in the 67th minute to restore parity for his side on aggregate.
The 20-year-old completed his hat-trick in the game in the 81st minute after receiving a long pass from Nwakali and he beautifully put the ball at the back of the net. Superb-sub Chigozie Okereke sealed the victory for the Eagles U-23 in the 94th minute from a close range after a number of efforts had been denied by the Libyans moments earlier.