U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles beat Italy 2-0, qualify for round of 16


By Babatunde Ogunrinde

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Lagos, May 24, 2023 The Flying Eagles of Nigeria had a good outing on Wednesday defeating Italy 2-0 at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina.

The victory earned the team valuable three points having won their first game, and qualified them for the second round of the competition with one game in hand against Brazil.

Following a 0-0 scoresline in the first half, the team continued to push hard and would be rewarded for their efforts after Salim Fago opened scoring.

He received a cross in a tight space, and with a quick-fix nodded the ball pass Italy’s goalkeeper.

The Italians worked their socks off and launched several counter attacks but met a resolute Nigerian defence that absorbed all pressures and also looked dangerous going forward.

Nigeria would be rewarded with a confirmation goal in the 4th minute of second half added time after the goal keeper launched a kick out, which found Jude Sunday who beat the Italian defence to score.

With the victory, Nigeria has now qualified for the round of 16 and their final match against Brazil a mere formality as Group D leaders.

Sade Anifowose, a football fan watching the match at a Viewing Centre in Ejigbo, said the young lads had made the country proud.

She said she was confident of Nigeria’s victory due to the way they approached the game and supported the team to do well in coming games.

“They played well and very well deserved their win. Indeed, it was a very good and entertaining match as we know Italians are no pushovers in football.

“I congratulate the entire team and their coaching staff and wish them more victories in the competition,” Anifowose said.

Another football fan, Abayomi Bamijoko, said he was excited about the result, and that he had not given them a chance to beat Italy.

“They did well and gave a good account of themselves. Indeed, it was a brilliant performance by the team.

“The defence was solid and the goalkeeper showed good vision when he gave the pass that brought the second goal scored though Jude Sunday.

“If they can continue like this they will go far in the competition and hopefully bring the cup home,” Bamijoko said.

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Lagos Govt. unveils ”My Passport of Rights” to tackle child abuse Passport By Florence Onuegbu Lagos, May 24, 2023 (NAN) The Lagos State Government, through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), on Wednesday unveiled a child-friendly booklet – ”My Passport of Rights”, to tackle child abuse. The Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said that the unveiling of the booklet was part of the celebration of Children’s Day. The launch, which was held at the Lagos City Model College, Sabo, Yaba had a convergence of over 300 students from various schools in Education District IV. She said that the booklet aimed to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse, as well as provide useful information and resources for survivors. ”Over the years, we have recorded a steady increase in child abuse and related issues. So, this book is an intervention strategy for early detection, care and support. ”The passport encourages you to speak up in case you are faced with any form of child abuse. It will help you to detect the signs of child abuse, so that you are able to report and that action can be taken on time,” the Executive Secretary said. She said that the innovative booklet further infused knowledge into children on their rights in the state. According to her, it is a must-read for anyone who cares about the welfare of children and wants to make a difference in their lives, as it is expected to inspire actions. Vivour-Adeniyi said that the booklet was available at the agency and was ‘Strictly Not To Be Sold’. She urged children to get copies, and pay close attention to the details the booklet would proffer. Mrs Taiwo Salako, School Counsellor, Education District IV, lauded the initiative of the passport for the children. Salako said that the booklet would further tackle the issues of domestic and sexual violence committed against the children. The Principal of Lagos City Model College, Sabo, Mr Abiodun Hassan, commended the state government for the initiative. He said it would safeguard and protect the children, hence, help in keeping the trend of child abuse at bay.
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