Nigeria’s Under-20 team eased into the semi-final of the African Youth Championship and also booked their place in the FIFA World Cup billed for Turkey with a 3-1 thrashing of Gabon in Oran, Algeria Saturday.
The Flying Eagles who are defending champions need to win and the players responded emphatically with Abduljeleel Ajagun and Aminu Umar scoring to put the team in tow for a second consecutive AYC title.
Ajagun opened scoring from the spot in the 32 minute after Edafe Egbedi was brought down in the box.
Six minutes later Aminu beat the offside trap to make it two for the Flying Eagles. The Congolese from then on struggled to cope with the Nigerian attackers
The Flying Eagles were unrelenting in the second half. With short passes the Flying Eagles confounded the Congolese and in the 47th minute Umar shook off Nekadio Luyindama before lobbing over advancing Congolese keeper for his second.
They got their consolation in 72nd minute, when Mukanisa Pembele hooked a left shot into the top left hand corner of the net.
In the other game, Gabon beat Mali 2-0. But the Malians with two wins in the group topped the group on the head to head rule having beaten Nigeria and Congo DR in their previous outing.
The Flying Eagles will face Egypt in the semi-final, while Mali will meet Ghana in the other pairing on Tuesday.