Favour Daniel’s goal in the second half handed Nigeria a win at the start of the TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Algeria 2023, as they beat Zambia 1-0 at the Mohamed Hamloui Stadium in Constantine on Sunday.
Despite a late penalty miss by Light Eke, the Golden Eaglets managed to see off the slim advantage to move top of Group B after their opening match.
It was a well fought contest from both sides, but on the balance of chances, Nigeria could have had more from the evening kick off.
Abubakar Abdullahi thought he had scored the opener after 13 minutes but he was flagged offside, while Tochukwu Ogbabido had a rasping shot from the edge of the box go inches over.
Zambia attempted a comeback, and they almost snatched an equalizer in added time when Marcel Zimba rolled a low cross into the area, but both Aaron Simpasa and Linecker Mbesuma couldn’t find the net.
Zambia’s next match will be a COSAFA derby against South Africa while Nigeria take on Morocco, both games set for next Wednesday.