The Nigerian Super Eagles’ skipper, Ahmed Musa has shown that he is still very much in form as he opens the goal post for his teammates at today’s 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier where Nigeria defeated Seychelles by three to nill scoreline.
This victory came as first after a bad or fairly good outing for the Nigerian team at the June/July World Cup tournament.
Although, Nigeria was not a able to scale through the group stage after receiving a last trashing from Argentines but the tournament was not a bad record for Musa, who performed topnotch to rekindle the hope of all footballers on his team.
He did same at 1:30pm today. After his header-goal, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo saw the Super Eagles pick up their first win of the qualifiers, with debutant Samuel Kalu causing havoc to the Pirates defence.
Ighalo’s winning goal came at the second half af the spot after one of Kalu’s numerous teasing runs was halted in the box.
The buildup to the game had seen Gernot Rohr deal with several disappointments with team captain John Obi Mikel and some key players ruled out through several injury concerns.
In the 15th minute, Nigeria’s dominance paid off through Musa who let fly with a wicked left-footed volley, with
goalkeeper Dave Mussard’s back burying the audacious
Before the interval, Awaziem doubled the lead beating Mussard from a rebound after a clever Iheanacho free-
kick hit the foot of the crossbar.
The Seychellois tried to distort the flow of the game with some ambitious attacking forays after the restart, but
Rohr’s men retook dominance and they got a third from the penalty spot.
Ighalo sent the stocky shot-stopper the wrong way after livewire Kalu was upended in the area.
Jeanne’s men caused a few nervy moments for the three- time African champions’ backline and Musa came close to getting a second with his effort in the 72nd minute missing the target by whiskers.
Rohr suffered yet another blow as Awaziem was stretched off injured, however, it allowed Rotherham United defender Semi Ajayi make his international bow.
There was also time for Henry Onyekuru who came on in place of lively Kalu with few minutes to go as the Super Eagles mounted pressure on the hosts to see out the final minutes of the game.