The national under-20 male football team on Wednesday beat Babayaro FC of Abuja 9-0 in a test game played at the FIFA Goal Project pitch of the Abuja National Stadium. The Flying Eagles used the game to prepare for two warm-up matches against their Ghanaian counterparts later this month in Accra.

Bernard Bulbwa and Usman Hassan scored a brace each, while the other goal scorers were Izu Omega, Ifeanyi Matthew, Obinna Nwobodo, Samuel Okon and Gabriel Ikechukwu. The national side started slowly and could only score twice in the first half.

But, after the interval, the Flying Eagles stepped up their game to score seven goals. They are expected to leave for Accra through Lagos on Friday afternoon. They will play their first warm-up match against the Black Satellites on Sunday, while their second game against the same opponents is on Feb. 18.

They are expected back in the country on Feb. 19 to continue with their preparations for the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC). The Flying Eagles are drawn in Group A of the AYC, which holds in Senegal in March. The other teams in that group are hosts Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Congo, while Ghana are in Group B along with South Africa, Mali and Zambia.