Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo continue to prove his critics wrong as he was on target yet again.
The Changchun Yatai’s forward has been largely criticized by the Eagles fans as result of his lackluster display at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Having registered his first hatrick for the Super Eagles on Saturday, all eyes were on him in today’s tension-soaked encounter.
The Super Eagles started brilliantly and their constant attacking moves paid off in the 14th minute when Odion Ighalo scored a simple tap in, thanks to wonderful pass from Ahmed Musa.
The Eagles continue to enjoy large portion of possession but they couldn’t make them count in their favor. .
In the 17th minute, ruthless Eagles’ frontline doubled their lead as in-form striker Ahmed Musa found the back of the net.
When many thought the game was over, Libya began to trouble their West African opponent and their pressure produced result as Mohamed Zaebiaa nodded home past Francis Uzoho in the 34th minute, no thanks to a shambolic defence from Nigeria’s backline.
The opening half of the encounter ended 2-1 in favor of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The second half saw a determined Libyan side equalized in the 74th minute after another unimpressive display from Leon Balogun and his fellow defenders.
Sand Masaud’s shot was parried by Uzoho but the ball unfortunately fell to Ahmad Ben who made no mistake in scoring the rebound.
After series of attacking substitutions from Genort Rohr, the Eagles attack got back to life and they managed to score another fine goal.
Man of the moment, Ighalo beautifully controlled the ball before hitting it so hard that Libya’s goalkeeper Ahmed Azzaqeh couldn’t prevent it from sailing into the net.
After 90+8 minutes of action, Nigeria were able to make it three wins from four matches at the ongoing AFCON 2019 qualifying series.
Rohr’s men now top group E after South Africa’s goalless draw against Seychelles earlier today.