– Nigeria return to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Seychelles
– The Super Eagles scored their goals in both half of the match
– The Super Eagles will take on Libya in their next Afcon qualifier
Nigeria picked up their first three point of the Cameroon 2019 Afcon qualifier with a 3-0 win over Seychelles.
Gernot Rohr’s men produced a dominant display from the blast of the whistle as the Nigerian side attacked from all corners of the field.
It did not take long before the Super Eagles World Cup hero Ahmed Musa shot Nigeria into the lead with a powerful shot that hit the post and then the keeper before the ball went into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for Nigeria.
Chigozie doubled the advantage for Nigeria as Kelechi Iheanacho’s free kick hit the upright before the 21-year-old defender had an easy tap-in to make it 2-0.
Nigeria’s third goal came in the scond half after the Eagles best player of the match Samuel Kalu was fouled in the box.
The resulting spot-kick was converted by Odion Igahlo with the coolest of finishes as Nigeria got back to winning ways after losing their first match to South Africa.
Rohr’s side will take on Liberia in an international friendly on Tuesday, September 11, in honour of the country’s newly-elected president George Weah.
Nigeria’s next Afcon qualifier will come up in October against the Libyan national team in Kaduna.
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90+4′ The referee blows the final whistle as Nigeria win by 3-0.
90′ Semi Ajayi delivers a perfect-inch cross to Onyekuru but the Galatasary striker’s header went wide.
88′ Seychelles on the attack as Tamboo delivers a cross which is cleared away by Onyekuru in the box.
86′ New introduced Onyerkuru makes a run into the box but his crosss was held by the goalkeeper.
85″ SUBSTITUTION! Henry Onyekuru comes on for Samuel Kalu.
83′ SUBSTITUTION! Elijah Tamboo comes on for Seychelles.
80′ The Super Eagles have been unable to create an opening in their opponent’s final third as they lose possession easily.
78′ Seychelles seem to have a better second half than the first as they have created chances but to avail.
76′ Nigeria lead the match courtesy of Ahmed Musa, Chigozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo’s goals.
74′ Awaziem is stretched off the field as he is yet to recover from a knock as Semi Ajayi comes on for his first senior appearance for the Super Eagles.
72′ Musa without another effort on goal but the ball sails wide. Nigeria still have the advantage with a 3-0 lead.
69′ Samuel Kalu has been fouled for a free kck on the right-flank for Nigeria. Etebo takes it and a diving header away from the home team.
67′ Play resumes as Seychelles wins the corner. A defensive clearance was made by the Nigerian defence.
66′ Awaziem has gone done with an injury as the medics attend to him.
64′ SUBSTITUTION! Etebo comes on for Iheancaho.
63′ CHANCE! Terrible mistake from Omeruo as the Seychelles plays the ball over Uzoho who left his line but could not find the target.
62′ Samuel drills in a low cross but the defender was first to get to the ball before Ighalo.
60′ SUBSTITUTION! Colin Bibi comes in for Nelson Lawrence.
59′ YELLOW CARD! Iheanacho enters the referee’s book as he pulls down a Seychelles player.
57′ Ighalo takes and sends the keeper the wrong way to make it 3-0 in favour of the Super Eagles.
56′ PENALTY! Samuel Kalu has been tripped in box as a penalty is waraded to Nigeria.
56′ CHANCE! Good link up play in the box as Ahmed Musa shoots with his boot as the keeper saves.
54′ Seychelles try to break on the counter but Idowu does the mopping up.
52′ It’s still Nigeria 2-0 Seychelles.
50′ YELLOW CARD! a Seychelles player has been yellow-carded for elbowing Francis Uzoho.
49′ Nice build up play in the Nigeria midfield as Kalu set up Awaziem who crosses the ball but the Seychelles keeper makes an acrobatic save.
48′ Free kick is taken but the header could not threaten the Nigerian goalkeeper.
47′ Seychelles win a free kick in the corner flank as the Nigerian players assemble behind the ball.
46′ The second half is underway as Nigeria are playing from left to right.
45+2′ The first corner for Seychelles but the offside flag was raised as the referee blows the whistle for half time. It’s 2-0 for Nigeria.
45′ The resulting free kick from Seychelles was headed over for a Nigerian goal-kick.
44′ YELLOW CARD! Kenneth Omeruo is the first player to be cautioned in the match after tripping a player from behind.
42′ Bryan Idowu is flagged offside after he was located with a pass from Onazi.
40′ The match enters it’s final five minutes as Nigeria lead by 2-0.
38′ The match looks more or less like a training routine for Nigeria as Seychelles have been completely outclassed in their own backyard.
37′ Samuel Kalu dazzles from the left with a lovely step-over but his cross could not reach Ighalo in the box.
36′ CHANCE! Igahlo beats the offside trap as he loops the ball past the goalkeeper as the ball hit the bar.
34′ Iheanacho’s effort from the free kick hit the upright as Awaziem scores into an empty to double the advantage for Nigeria. It’s 2-0 for Nigeria.
33′ Iheanacho wins a free kick in a promising position as the Leicester City striker sets himself up behind the ball.
31′ The tempo of the match has slowed down but the Super Eagles are still the more likely team to score.
29′ It still Nigeria 1-0 Seychelles.
27′ No real attack has been made by Seychelles as the Nigerian defence have successfully cut-off their attacking moves.
25′ Ighalo has been caught offside against after a through ball from Ndidi.
23′ Lovely interchange play from Ndidi and Onazi as Onazi scoops the ball for Iheanacho but was the Leicester City striker could not get to the ball.
21′ CHANCE! Ighalo is one-on-one with the goalkeeper but the referee’s assistant flags for an offside.
22′ Nigeria with their fifth corner as Musa takes it, but a defensive clearance has been made by the home team.
20′ Kelechi Iheanacho wriggles his way through the Seychelles defence but his shot goes off-target.
18′ The Super Eagles are showing more appetite to score as they dominate proceedings all through the match.
16′ The Super Eagles star at the World Cup Ahmed Musa scores his 16th goal for Nigeria.
15′ Ighalo sets up the ball for Ahmed Musa’s who hit his thunder bolt first time from outside the box and comes against the bar, then on the keeper and inside the back of the net.
13′ Seychelles are back-tracking at the moment but are looking to break Nigeria on the counter attack however the Nigerian defence have been equal to the task.
11′ Another delightful run from Kalu as he breaks into Seychelles’ defence and wins Nigeria’s third corner. The corner is taken but Onazi’s tame effort from outside the box does not threaten the goalkeeper.
9′ Lovely piece of skill from Samuel Kalu but his shot was deflected for a Nigerian corner. A short one taken but quickly dealt with by Seychelles.
8′ The Nigerian team are playing the home side into their own half but the Green and White are finding it difficult to open up the defence.
6′ Awaziem drills in a cross from the right flank but there was no striker waiting to connect with a header.
4′ The Super Eagles have settle into the game with connecting passes from Onazi and Ndidi in the midfield.
2′ Gernot Rohr’s men get into business quickly as the ball in launched into the opponent’s area but the referee blows his whistle against Leon Balogun for pushing.
1′ The match begins as Seychelles are playing from left to right against the visiting side Nigeria.
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– Nigeria set to take on Seychelles in a crucial Afcon qualifier
– Both sides have never met before in an international match
– Other members of Group E include South Africa and Libya
The Super Eagles will play their first match after the Russia 2018 World Cup as they take on Seychelles in the 2019 Afcon qualifier.
It will be the first time both sides will be playing against each other in Group E that also includes South Africa, and Libya.
Nigeria lost their opening match to South Africa by 2-0 in Uyo while Seychelles were beaten by Libya by 5-1.
The match promises to be a tricky one for the Green and White as both teams need to win to keep their Afcon hopes alive.
Most of the players that were part of the team to Russia made the squad while new players like Chidebere Nwakali, Jamiu Collins, Semi Ajayi and Samuel Kalu are new players invited.
Captain Mikel Obi was excused for the match while Victor Moses retired from international football with Nigeria after eight years.
Seychelles XI: Mussard, Nancy, Joubert, Marie, Mellie, Laurence, Collin Esther, Bertrand Esther, Hall, Monnaie, Damoo
Match: Seychelles vs Nigeria (Afcon qualifier)
Time: 1:30pm (Nigerian time)
Venue: Stade Linite, Victoria, Seychelles
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