Nigeria began their quest for the 2019 FIFA World Cup title with a resounding 4-0 victory over Qatar at the Mjieski Stadium, Tychy on Friday evening.
The Flying Eagles got two goals in the first half and added another two in the second 45 minutes to secure the emphatic victory.
Maxwell Effiom with a first-time volley broke the deadlock for Nigeria before Okechukwa Offia doubled the advantage for the Flying Eagles inside the first 25 minutes.
Captain of the Nigeria U20s Ikuowem Utin provided the assists for the two goals with his dashing runs down the flanks.
Qatar did have their chances. Zulkifilu Rabiu catapulted himself across the Tychy turf to make an outstanding block from Yusuf Abdurisag, and Nigeria goalkeeper Olawale Oremade was alert to break up a three-on-one break from which the underdogs should have made more.
They were further punished by esteemed Manchester City midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru making it 3-0 before Aliu Salawudeen’s swivel and shot completed the rout.
Victory leaves Paul Aigbogun’s side on three points in Group D, of their crunch match against the United States on Monday.
Nigeria Starting XI (4-4-2) : Orewale Oremade; Mohammed Zulkifilu, Aliyu Salawudeen, Valentine Ozornwafor, Ikouwem Utin; Jamil Muhammad, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Maxwell Effiom, Kingsley Michael; Muhammad Tijani,Henry Offia