AFCON 2019: Ighalo's strike gives Super Eagles bright start
AFCON 2019: Ighalo's strike gives Super Eagles bright start
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AFCON 2019: Ighalo's strike gives Super Eagles bright start

Nigeria's Super Eagles kicked off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign on a winning note as they managed to beat Burundi 1-0 on Saturday.

It took the in-coming of Odion Ighalo, who scored in the 77th minute, for the Super Eagles to find the back of the net in Alexandria.

The first half had Nigeria posing much of the threat, but failing to convert.

Samuel Chukwueze was the talisman for the Super Eagles but lack of finishing from Paul Onuachu and Alex Iwobi, pegged Nigeria down.

Burundi did not express any respect as they called goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to duty on more than one occassion. Nsabiyumva Frederic and Abdoul Fiston were the dangermen for the players in red.

Defender Shehu Abdulahi suffered a harmstring and was stretchered off, forcing coach Gernot Rohr to make an early change before the end of first half.

On resumption from the break, Rohr observed that captain John Obi Mikel was not at his best, and consequently took him off for Ahmed Musa, whose introduction brought more bytes to the frontline of the Super Eagles.

As the game entered it's final 20 minutes, Onuachu was taken off for Odion Ighalo, who later opened scoring four minutes after coming in, thanks to an Ola Aina assist.

The final 10 minutes was full of action, but the scoreline remained the same as Nigeria sealed a 1-0 victory over Burundi.

 

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