The Super Eagles of Nigeria were indeed super as they put four goals past the Mediterranean Knights of Libya in today’s clash.
It takes the home side just four minutes to find the back of the net as Odion Ighalo scored from the spot after the Changchun Yatai’s striker was brought down in the box by Libyan goaltender and captain Mohamed Abdaula.
After scoring the first goal in the opening 10 minutes, the home fans were expecting to see many goals before half-time break.
However, their hopes of celebrating another goal before halftime were dashed as the Eagles were complacent in front of goal, with Ighalo being the major culprit of missed chances.
Jamilu Collins, who is making his competitive debut with the team, hit the woodwork while Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also saw his ball smashed the upright.
The game ended 1-0 in the first period as neither side was able to find the back of the net.
The second half saw a much determined and desperate Nigerian side who were willing to double their lead.
After so many missed chances, Odion Ighalo scored his second goal of the game in the 55th minute when he round-off Mohamed Abdaula to put the ball into an empty net, thanks to a great long-range pass from Alex Iwobi.
The former Watford striker scored his hattrick in the 69th minute when he put the ball past the Libyan goalie after receiving the ball from Ahmed Musa, who captained the team to victory.
Impressive but selfish Samuel Kalu made it four for the three-time African Champions in the 90th minute.
The winger’s right-footed shot was too hot for Abdaula to deal with as it flew into the top corner.
With this victory, the Super Eagles are now in the second position in Group E with six points, one point behind South Africa who thrashed Seychelles 6-0 earlier today.