super-eagleNigeria’s Super Eagles, today, Friday, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, sent their Cameroonian counterparts, the Indomitable Lions to the cleaner, beating them silly with 4-0 goals.
The match, which inched the Eagles closer to the 2018 Russia World Cup, was played in a Group B.
The Eagles sealed the hope of the defending champions with two goals in each half. The goals were recorded by Odion Ighalo, Skipper Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, with goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa’s brave performance denying the visitors any goal.
The goal harvest started in the 29th when striker Ighalo outmuscled Ngadeu-Ngadjui in a battle for a long ball, cut inside the defender and put a low, left-footed shot past the left hand of goalkeeper Ondoa.
Old warhorse, Mikel extended the lead two minutes to the break tapping in A Victor Moses corner from the right flank.
Victor Moses, who had been anxious to score from the blast of the whistle and had an early goal controversially ruled offside, finally put his name on the scorers’ sheet 10 minutes into the second half, firing home a low shot after exchange of passes with Moses Simon.
Supersub Iheanacho iced the cake in the 76th minute, easily heading home into an empty net after superb work out wide from Victor Moses and Ogenyi Onazi.
Nigeria now sit tight on top of the table with nine points from three games. The return fixture of the double header comes up on Monday in Cameroon.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to the victorious Eagles, commending them for their disciplined, skilful and entertaining display against the defending African champions.
President Buhari said that with the exhilarating victory, Nigeria is on the verge of qualification for the World Cup in Russia 2018, even as he asked the players to sustain the momentum as they approach the crucial second leg of the tie in Yaounde, on Monday.
The President called on Nigerians who always see football as a unifying platform, to continue to pray and support the team to guarantee victory next week and make qualification doubly sure.
He thanked the Akwa Ibom State Government for its continued support and provision of excellent hosting facilities.[myad]