The Nigeria Super Eagles has started their quest to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on a winning note as they secured a 2-0 win over Chadian National team at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Sunday.
The two goals were scored by Gbolahan Salami and Odion Ighalo.
The Chadian side, which ranked over 100 places below Nigeria on the monthly FIFA rankings, did not play like underdogs, as they tackled the Supper Eagles, which had won the Nation’s Cup three times.
In the course of the game, Nigeria’s defensive midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, was shown a red card for a retaliation.
Nigeria put up a good show ten minutes into the second half, when the team got a free kick just outside the box of the Chadians and Aaron Samuel delivered a nice kick that hit the bar.
Nigeria’s goals came after Coach Stephen Keshi brought in Rabiu Ibrahim and Odion Ighalo to replace the duo of Babatunde Michael and Aaron Samuel.
The first goal came 19 minutes into the second half, when new entrant, Ighalo, found Gbolahan Salami who rocketed the ball into the roof of the net.
Nigeria’s second goal came in the 81st minute, when Ighalo was brought down in the penalty box and he also converted the spot kick.
The result of the game was a boost to the Super Eagles hope of being in in Gabon 2017 for the Nation’s cup finals.