CAF U-20 championship: Nigeria beats DR Congo 3-1 to reach semi-final - Defending African Youth Champions (U-20), the Flying Eagles of Nigeria, breezed into the semi-final of the 2013 Orange CAF U-20 championship when they beat DR Congo 3-1 in their last group B match played at Ahmed Zabana stadium in Oran.
Nigeria will face Egypt on Tuesday in Ain Temouchent, according to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Mali, which won its first two matches, had already qualified for the semi final.
Nigeria and Mali join Ghana and Egypt to represent Africa at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
The Flying Eagles captain Abduljeleel Ajagun opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute after striker Edbedi Edafe was impeded as he ran onto a return ball inside the box from Abdullahi Shehu.
Six minutes later Congolese defenders stood by appealing for offside and paid for it when Aminu Umar played to the whistle and side footed past goalkeeper Landu Bakala from close range to increase the score to 2-0.
The Nigerians increased the tally to 3-0 in the 47th minute when Umar shook off Nekadio Luyindama before lobbing over advancing DR Congo goalkeeper Bakala for his second.
From then on it was pretty much Nigeria dominating and DR Congo trying to recover and minimize the damage.
DR Congo got a consolation goal in the 72nd minute when Mukanisa Pembele found the top left hand corner of the Nigerian net.
The victory was a late birthday present Nigerian coach John Obuh had asked for before the match. Obuh turned 53 on Thursday and had said the best present would be to lead his charges into the semis–finals.