Nigeria took a massive step towards reaching the next qualifying round of the 2013 AYC after they beat hosts Tanzania 2-1 yesterday.
Enugu Rangers striker Alhaji Gero netted a first-half brace, before the home team pulled a goal back on 51 minutes through Alhaji Said.
The winners of the match between Nigeria and Tanzania will clash with the winners of another second round match between South Africa and Congo.
Congo won the first game at home 2-1.
However, Tanzania coach Jakob Michelsen insisted his team still have a chance in the return leg in a fortnight after their spirited performance after the interval.
“We lost the first half, but won the second half and there are still two halves to be played,” said the young Danish coach, who was playing his first competitive game in charge of the Ngorogoro Heroes.
“We made two terrible mistakes at both ends of the first half and we paid for them, but I believe we still have something to play for going into the second game even against the African champions.”
He added: “We played a good match and the players showed a lot of heart. With a bit of luck we should have got two penalties for hand ball, but all the same I’m proud of the boys.”
Nigeria U20 coach, John Obuh also praised the second half showing of the Tanzanians.
“It was a good game but the home team came out the stronger in the second half. They had the advantage of having already started the qualifiers before us (Tanzania