Ighalo Scores Brace Against Libya, Nigeria Now Top Of The Group

Ighalo Scores Brace Against Libya, Nigeria Now Top Of The Group

The Super Eagles put smiles on the faces of Nigerians after pipping the Mediterranean Knights of Libya by three goals to two in a pulsating African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier played at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri, Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday.

Odion Ighalo put the Eagles a goal up in the 14th minute after beautiful interplay by Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi.

The celebrations were yet to die down when Ahmed Musa doubled the tally three minutes later.

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The midfield battle was very tense with tackles flying in as both teams battled to score another goal but it was the Libyans who halved the deficit after a swinging cross from the right was nodded in by Mohamed Zubya.

The Eagles went into the interval with a goal advantage and they came out blazing in the second period, probably after a good pep talk by manager, Gernot Rohr but it was the Libyan team who completed the comeback courtesy of a goal by Ahmad Benali in the 73rd minute.

The match was threatening to end in a stalemate before striker Ighalo came up with the winner from a wonderful solo effort where he beat a defender before slotting past the goalkeeper.

The Nigerian national team now tops their qualifying group with nine points, with their next game a daunting away trip against South Africa on November 16th.

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